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BP Rotterdam Upgrades to SEABERTH

August 22, 2011

BP Rotterdam upgrades to SEABERTH to gain new functionality for port management and scheduling.

BP Refinery Rotterdam, one of the largest refineries in Europe, has decided to upgrade their SEABERTH berth scheduling and simulation solution. After using the solution for 6 years, this new version offers more functionality and enhanced reporting, offering improved visibility of the operation and a greater understanding of how costs, such as demurrage, can be minimised. SEABERTH helps BP Rotterdam to keep costs to a minimum across their 2 sites in Europoort and Pernis, encompassing 15 berths.

BP Rotterdam originally decided to implement Cirrus Logistics’ SEABERTH solution to manage the berths at the refinery, interfacing with BP’s shipping management system. This implementation of SEABERTH version 1 offered BP a bespoke solution, enabling them to schedule and simulate the utilisation of their berths. In June 2011 BP Rotterdam went live with the latest version of SEABERTH, this new version is fully generic meaning that BP now benefits from all the enhancements that have been made for other SEABERTH users, offering greater functionality and reporting.

There are two main types of SEABERTH user at BP Rotterdam; loading masters and production planners. The loading masters manage and control the activities at the berths, focussing on records of timesheet events, detailing what actually took place at a specific date and time e.g. the exact arrival of a ship to which berth, all of which is recorded within the system for reporting and analysis.

The production planners focus on the future requirements of the refinery, utilising the retrospective data, using SEABERTH reports to analyse the previous month’s information relating to the utilisation of the berth. Through analysis of the demurrage ‘reasons’ recorded in the system, they can see why the costs were incurred and investigate alternative measures of minimising these costs in the future. The alternative options can then be ‘tested’ using the SEABERTH simulation module, enabling any issues to be dealt with prior to the implementation of alternative measures.

Jan Ketellapper, BP Rotterdam’s Commercial Projects Co-ordinator, commented, “We can now allocate demurrage costs to multiple ‘reasons’ with specific timeframes. This enables us to see a percentage breakdown of demurrage costs against specific reasons, meaning we can focus our efforts on dealing with specific issues.”

In addition to the 12 users at the Rotterdam site, the reporting screen can be viewed by the management team in London. This means that the remote sites have visibility of the operation and the key performance indicators for the business. Ketellapper continued, “With this new version of SEABERTH we can tailor the reports to meet the user requirements, showing the key information they need to make informed decisions about our operation.” SEABERTH enables the planner to put the right ship on the right berth at the right time and to communicate the plan to others in the supply chain. SEABERTH uses data defining port constraints and the infrastructure of the terminal combined with forecast vessel movements to create a robust berthing plan.

Andy Medcalf, Project Manager for the implementation company Wipro Technologies commented, “The experience of the SEABERTH team was visible throughout the BP Rotterdam project, they were always on hand to answer any queries no matter how detailed. They have an excellent understanding of not just the technology but also the industry.”

David Stanhope, Cirrus Logistics’ CEO summarised, “Cirrus’ experience of berth scheduling goes back many years and the value our solutions bring to an operation are clearly evidenced by a long-term user such as BP Rotterdam seeing the benefits of upgrading to the latest version. An increasingly impressive number of large oil and gas ports around the world now rely on SEABERTH to optimise their berth operations.”