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Berth Scheduling

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SEABERTH is the leading berth scheduling application, adopted by Terminals and Ports all around the world in order to increase berthing efficiency and create financial advantage. It also provides an online repository for all the factors that schedulers must take into consideration when scheduling a vessel for example:

  • Environmental factors: tide, daylight working, tide height
  • Infrastructure: berth availability, anchorage availability, quay space availability
  • Traffic: vessel arrival and departures, dangerous cargo, movement restrictions
  • Resources: pilots, tugs, mooring gangs, quay side equipment
  • Inventory: space availability, inventory availability and replenishments
  • Time: ETAs/ ETDs, pilot rosters, real-time updates
  • Maintenance: berth and plant non-availability

SEABERTH’s advanced scheduling engine is able to review all of the vessel schedules and calculate the best options that obey the port service agreements and all the factors which a Harbour Master or Vessel Planner needs to take into consideration when scheduling a vessel movement.

SEBERTH can work in real-time or can be used off-line to test plans or to analyse historic data in order to assist in the continual improvement of the planning process.



  • Ensures shipping schedule is aligned fully to the needs of optimised port/terminal/refinery operating modes, improving margins
  • Average waiting time per vessel is reduced and this reduction is carried through to a corresponding reduction in demurrage costs
  • Plays a significant role in improving throughput, in line with commercial priorities
  • Significant reduction in the resource time needed to produce a berthing plan (compared with manual production), improving efficiencies and reducing cost
  • Latest plan is always available to those who need it, facilitating communications, coordination and improved decision making
  • Improves dock utilisation, and will constantly examine and suggest changes to a berthing plan that cannot be ‘computed by the human brain’ in a matter of seconds, saving time and cost
  • Provides live view of operational plan so traders can identify slots when additional cargo can be handled, so that trades are made which make best use of available berthing capacity
  •  Understand how schedule changes impact inventory levels enabling informed real time decisions, and optimised inventory management.
  • Provide live view of operational plan to supply planners (planning voyages to discharge ports) so they can manage the onward journey to discharge port, given when each vessel is forecast to leave the loading terminal. Improves planning for wider supply chain, so stocks delivered to time to discharge ports.
  • Alternative actions and configuration changes can be trialled in experimental plans before building into a live operational plan, reducing risk.
  • Aids infrastructure investment / amendment decisions in a risk free simulation environment, with real constraints and data.


  • Gantt Chart Display: The schedule is shown as a Gantt chart which displays vessel calls to specific berths through a user defined time horizon. The chart has multiple views, for example cargo type, vessel type or cargo owner. The user can quickly see key details of the vessels and the associated assigned resources. Colours, symbols and mouse tip information all allow the users to quickly interpret the plan detail.
  • Berthing Rules: The decision criteria covers all aspects of the plan, including the harbour infrastructure, tidal conditions, resource availability, customer contracts, priorities, demurrage and health and safety requirements.
  • Inventory modelling: The consequences of loading or discharging cargo are displayed in an inventory window and warnings are displayed where either insufficient inventory will be on hand to load the vessel or alternatively insufficient capacity is available to store the inventory.
  • Experimental Plans: You can carry out short-to-long term planning experiments, without interfering with the live operational plan. In the experimental planning environment, changes to the current plan can be made utilising full SEABERTH functionality of editing constraints, outages and vessel call data without interfering with the operational plan.
  • History Analyser: Provides a flexible method of accessing data on past shipping events which have been through the SEABERTH Operational Plan. The data can then be exported for further analysis / display / reporting to other IT systems.
  • Performance Analyser: Apply historical vessel movement information such as summarising KPIs and reporting on past berth utilization, demurrage costs and waiting time to SEABERTH to analyse terminal performance. This information simplifies reporting, aids continuous improvement and the calibration of the SEABERTH Simulation module. Results are presented to the user in graphical, chart and tabular formats. The data provided can be exported to Microsoft Excel.
  • Time Shifter: Look back in time to a chosen planning day and display the gantt chart and supporting data for the selected time-frame. This function shows the information available at that planning point in time. This is particularly valuable during investigations into why a vessel was prioritised over another vessel that may have led to a demurrage claims or service level infringement.
  • Data Import: Vessel details can be maintained manually or imported electronically. Tidal Information can be imported electronically, and used in planning the mooring, unmooring and channel movements. Integration to other operational systems including terminal management systems, oil accounting systems or tank gauges reduces the amount of manual data exchange needed.