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Auckland unveils digital data exchange application

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The Port of Auckland has unveiled eMPX, its digital product designed to optimise the end-to-end master-pilot exchange (MPX) at ports.

In a statement, the Port said the app is “simple to operate” and will enable pilots to “efficiently and easily” complete planning and exchange, while “facilitating accurate and dynamic information sharing with the master.”

As a cloud-based service, eMPX can run on a mobile device and has both admin and pilot applications, according to the Port.

The admin app gives ports the power to shape the entire pilotage planning process, with charts, tidal data, weather, checklists and other features all being editable.

Additionally, the product has had an extensive 12-month testing and development process, with successful trialling at Napier Port, Lyttelton Port Company, and Northtugz.

The solution, according to the Port also has an exciting roadmap of features for development, as further ports from around the globe join eMPX community, helping to shape its future.

“By combining cloud and mobile based technologies, with collaborative design from our pilots and masters, Ports of Auckland can deliver rapid value to ports and pilots around the world,” said Port of Auckland CIO, Lauren Salisbury.

“This gives them the tools needed to professionally manage exchanges, meeting and supporting operational procedures and regulatory demands.

“It also better controls on-vessel interactions which is of increasing importance in a COVID-19 world.”

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