Tanger Med, Hapag-Lloyd, and Anglo-Eastern Ship Management have succeeded in enabling the world’s first digitally controlled port arrival.
This has been conducted within the framework of a partnership previously announced between Tanger Med Port Authority and Wärtsilä Voyage which aims at digitalising maritime port calls.
The ‘Kobe Express’, a container ship owned by Hapag-Lloyd and managed by Anglo Eastern, docked safely and on-time at Tanger Med port in Morocco on 25 June using the Wärtsilä Navi-Port system.
Wärtsilä Voyage’s Navi-Port system is a digital platform that facilitates the exchange of real-time data between ships and their destination ports to allow accurate arrival times.
The system exchanges required time of arrival digitally with the onboard navigation system and allows a ship’s speed schedule to be adjusted for a Just-in-Time (JIT) arrival by the clicking of one button, thereby saving fuel and costly waiting time at anchor.
The Kobe Express, a Bermuda-flagged container ship with a carrying capacity of 4612 TEU, docked safely at Tanger Med on the Strait of Gibraltar on 25 June having sailed in from Cartagena in Colombia.
“This is a momentous accomplishment. We have moved beyond pilot and testing projects to real-life applications, and we see this as kick-starting a trend that will make both shipping and port operations more efficient and less carbon intensive”, said Dmitry Rostopshin, General Manager for Ship Traffic Control at Wärtsilä Voyage.
Wärtsilä Voyage and Tanger Med Port, the largest Mediterranean and African container port, are jointly developing a Port Management Information System (PMIS) with PortLink and featuring Wärtsilä’s Navi-Port system. A key aim of the PMIS is to facilitate JIT ship arrivals and enhance the port’s ship traffic control protocols.
“Technology is moving forward quickly in the shipping industry, and this world-first achievement is evidence that we are entering an era of high efficiency and better environmental performance, which will benefit all industry stakeholders. Congratulations to Wärtsilä and Tanger Med Port Authority for helping to make this happen,” said Ralf Belusa, Managing Director Digital Business at Hapag-Lloyd.
“A number of similar projects are well underway with other leading ports and shipping companies around the world. As the economic and environmental benefits of JIT operations are becoming increasingly clear to the maritime community, so Wärtsilä will continue to invest in developing our innovative solutions which also help to support the IMO’s decarbonisation and GHG reduction strategies” said Bruce Mills, Business Development Manager for Ship Traffic Control at Wärtsilä Voyage