Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) has announced a digital platform specifically for inland waterway vessels will allow ship calls to be coordinated centrally in the future.
According to a statement, the platform will mark the next step towards creating a more digitized process in the Port of Hamburg and help it handle the increasing number of inland waterway vessels.
Since 2012, the annual volume of container traffic reaching or leaving the Port of Hamburg by inland waterway vessels has grown by 40% to 128,000 TEU.
This volume is as well as the already 100,000 TEUs of ‘water-to-water transhipments’ conducted between terminals via inland waterway vessels every year.
The new platform will create a network between inland shipping companies, ship operators, terminals and public authorities and ensure that data is exchanged smoothly between all parties.
Managing Director of HVCC, Gerald Hirt, had this to say: “The new platform will make it possible to digitize and enhance the transparency of the planning of inland waterway vessel arrivals in Hamburg, the coordination of rotations within the port, the assignment of berths and terminal handling.”