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Port & Terminal Optimisation


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Port or terminal optimization means making the most efficient use of the current port infrastructure and resources, and also considering the best way for the port to develop in the future. Optimizing current operations involves:

  • Efficient and coordinated planning to get the largest number of vessels handled, given the port constraints such as tugs, pilots, berth capacity, cranes, pumps etc
  • Organising and planning operations so that vessels wait for the smallest time possible, thus giving a high quality service to the port’s customers
  • Being responsive and able to rapidly adjust the plan as operational events occur, for example unplanned maintenance, bad weather or changes to vessel ETAs

Our SEABERTH solution enables you to quickly produce an optimized vessel and berthing schedule, which obeys the constraints and operating rules at your port. SEABERTH contains an optimization algorithm which automatically creates and compares a number of possible schedules and recommends the best one to your operator. The expertise of your operator can make manual adjustments if required.

Optimizing the future development of the port involves:

  • Quantifying how the port will behave under different scenarios e.g. build an extra berth, add additional cranes or lines, handle larger sized vessels, or handle a larger number of vessel calls
  • Quantifying the impact of different hinterland developments e.g. location of new warehousing, traffic flows, extensions to container terminals
  • Understand the bottlenecks and KPIs which would happen for each of these scenarios
  • Making a well informed decision on which scenario to adopt

This process of looking at future scenarios is often termed “What-if?” analysis or “simulation”. You will need a representation or “model” of your future port development in order to quantify how it will behave. Our CLASS solution will enable you to build a model of your future port, apply the optimization algorithm to simulate the best plan and then examine the KPIs and results for the scenario. You do not need to be a specialist programmer to create the model; we have pre-built objects that can simply be dragged and dropped rather than you having to work in programming code. You can also use our solution to design different layouts for the hinterland of your port and quantify the handling equipment needed to transport cargo and goods within the port.

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