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Vessel Call Planning

Moving a vessel successfully through a port or terminal is a multi-dimensional exercise. The operational control centre needs a forward plan for where and when each vessel call will be handled. Vessel call planning encompasses:

  • Vessel activities from arrival point, pilot on board, through channel, moor up at the berth/quay, cargo transfer, unmoor, sail back through channel and pilot off board
  • Deciding which berth or which section of quay will be used by each vessel
  • Forecasting when the berth or quay slot will be available for the vessel
  • Forecasting when the channel will be available, as well as availability of logistical resources such as tugs, pilots, mooring launches etc
  • Forecasting when terminal or port resources (e.g. pumps, lines, cranes, conveyors) will be available to process the cargo
  • Producing a plan which is feasible from all angles and gives the best level of service to the traffic using the port

This multi-dimensional planning takes place in a rapidly changing environment, for example ETAs change, or bad weather slows down port operations. The forward plan needs to be quickly updated and shared with the port community. Our solution puts the power of an advanced scheduling engine into the hands of port operational control, and handles all of the constraints and steps listed above so you can be confident of producing the best plan every time. The solution uses visual and tabular displays to communicate the plan and is a fully multi-user system so everyone can always see the latest plan in real-time.

To understand more about how SEABERTH and the Marine Enterprise Suite can help you with your vessel call planning, please click here…