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Port Call Optimisation

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. The initial calculations amount to up to $ 80,000 in additional revenue and savings of 240 tonnes in CO2 emissions per port visit, depending on where the vessel comes from and at which berth it is located.

Shiptracker (beta version)

Follow ocean-going ships due to call at the port of Rotterdam over the next 48 hours and subscribe to notifications when you wish to be alerted of specific arrivals.


Port of Rotterdam Authority embraces the new standards and has become the first party in the world to use products in which they are used. Shiptracker is an example of this. Thanks to this online tool, ship arrival times can be shown much more accurately. Shiptracker uses big data and machine-learning algorithms with information from the Automatic Identification System (AIS). This is a global system for the automatic identification and tracking of ships, allowing estimated times of arrival (ETA) to be generated much more accurately. Users can set notifications so that they receive an alert as soon as their chosen vessel moors. In its current form, Shiptracker is a free service. In future we may be adding features which clients would be charged to use.

Service optimisation

Port information standards and Shiptracker not only enable us to optimise our services for our clients, but they also help us develop new services that will make the logistics chains operating through our port more efficient. These are the Avanti and Pronto projects. Web portal Avanti focuses on 'master data' such as depth and admission policy. Pronto is a communication platform for the port community. The platform assists agents and other operators with a more transparent and efficient planning of services for ships, such as pilotage, use of terminals and bunker services.


Would you like to know more about the possibilities of Shiptracker or about our other projects in the field op port call optimisation?

Port Call Optimisation

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