The largest port in Scandinavia, Port of Gothenburg, is using a new digital berth planning tool Allberth to co-ordinate harbour and terminal operations
Port control, which receives all calls at the Port of Gothenburg, is the first to use Allberth. The safety and security co-ordinators at the main energy terminal in the port have also started using this digital tool and external users will gradually join the system.
Allberth was jointly developed by Finnish company Awake.AI and the Gothenburg Port Authority to improve port call efficiency and improve information flow. It is an important part in the ongoing digitalisation of the port as it becomes a regional freight hub.
“Allberth is long-awaited and much sought after,” said Gothenburg Port Authority traffic co-ordinator and berth planner project leader Fredrik Rauer. “With Allberth, we now have a berth planning tool that can make calls smarter, safer, and considerably more efficient for all concerned. And reduced emissions from the vessels are an obvious benefit in climate terms,” he said.
Co-ordinators can use Allberth to quickly and effectively identify berths that are vacant and then act on that information, simplifying the call system and improving resource planning.
“We can now use the same tool to examine the safety parameters to determine whether a ship can moor at a specific berth, to position the ship, and to plan the time,” said Mr Rauer. “We can also show external parties the calls that have been co-ordinated with the terminal and the calls for which we only have an approved vessel notification.”
This improves safety and security at the energy terminals and reduces the time ships have to wait outside of port before a berth is ready.
“With Allberth we can give mooring personnel, the ship’s agent, and the terminal the opportunity to act immediately on the information we visualise in the application.”
Allberth offers two-way integration for inhouse use by berth planning personnel at the Port of Gothenburg and for external use by the various parties involved in calls.
Traffic co-ordinators at port control, safety and security co-ordinators at the energy terminal, and the port’s production planners have a schematic overview of operations.
A note is made of which ships are moored at each berth. Using the map service, a time slot is chosen for a specific berth, allowing operatives to see which vessel is due to moor at a particular berth at a particular time and they can see the planned position at the quayside.
Allberth provides rapid status information to external parties, including harbour pilots, mooring company personnel and ship agents.
Almost 30% of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg through dedicated container, roro, vehicle, passenger and oil and energy terminals.
Exports through the port comprise mainly of steel, vehicles, paper, pulp and forest products. Imports are largely consumer goods such as clothes, furniture, food and electronics.
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