An efficient port starts with reliable information
Each year around 30,000 ocean-going ships call at the port of Rotterdam. In order to plan shipping as effectively as possible, shipping companies need detailed information about, for example, depth, admission policy, and arrival and departure times. Currently, ports communicate this information in various ways. This is inefficient. The Port Call Optimisation Task Force (Shell, Maersk, MSC, CMA-CGM and the ports of Algeciras, Busan, Gothenburg, Houston, Rotterdam, Singapore and Ningbo Zhoushan) therefore united forces in 2014 with the International Harbour Masters' Association, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and GS1 to bring standards from the nautical and logistics sectors together. This ensures that the nautical data on board of vessels corresponds to the information from the port, as well as the information used in the logistics chains.
More heavily laden
The international unambiguity in communication not only benefits safety. It also means that lower margins can be maintained, which eventually results in vessels calling at ports faster and with more cargo. This will lead to a reduction in costs and pollution.