Maersk and Shell have signed strategic partnerships with a subsidiary of the Port of Rotterdam to implement digital solutions in ports
PortXchange is an entity established by the Port of Rotterdam to offer the Pronto platform and application, which is used by shipping companies, agents, terminals and other service providers to exchange information regarding port calls.
The platform combines data retrieved directly from participants with public data and AI-powered forecasting to generate timelines for vessels showing all events during the scheduled port call.
Users can monitor the progress and status of events and make adjustments where necessary.
Shell Shipping & Maritime’s vice president Grahaeme Henderson said "In partnering on Pronto, we can see opportunities to extend this work to optimising port operations.
"The results of our trials so far have already shown the great benefits in increased efficiency, reduced fuel and operating costs, and lower emissions," he added.
AP Moller-Maersk’s head of operations execution Kent Stig Hagbarth said "We see a significant need and opportunity to improve the collaboration, communication, and single data usage among port participants for optimised sailing and port calls for vessels.
"The aim of the Pronto platform, to enable just-in-time arrival and optimise the port stay of our vessels, not only enables us to increase schedule reliability to the benefit of our customers but also to achieve our goal of reducing our CO2 emissions," said Mr Hagbarth.