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.

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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.


PortXchange is an application that shipping companies, agents, terminals and other service providers can use to optimally plan, execute and monitor all activities during a port call. This includes pilotage, terminal use and bunker services.

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority embraces the new standards and has become the first party in the world to deploy products in which they are used. PortXchange is an example of this. As soon as the ETA is known, a vessel is assigned its own timeline in PortXchange. The timeline displays all events (activities) during the port call: from the vessel’s arrival and stay in the port to its departure from the port. The progress and status are continually adjusted in real time. On their own dashboards, users can easily filter the available data and zoom in on the timeline of an individual port call. They can use this information to plan and execute their activities much more efficiently than in the past.


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