Penang Port brings in Portchain to optimise berth planning at North Butterworth Container Terminal


Penang Port has signed an agreement with Portchain to improve berth planning at North Butterworth Container Terminal.

The Port will utilise Portchain’s Berth Optimization Engine, digitising the planning process to allocate resources and bring employees and customers together across Penang Port.

The engine will collect scheduling data, allowing planning staff at the terminal to evaluate difference scenarios and their KPIs to select the most cost-effective plan and respond to new customer information using artificial intelligence (AI).

The AI-driven remote optimisation software will allow planning staff to automate resource allocation for all vessels simultaneously, increasing capacity or reducing operational cost.

Dato’ Sasedharan Vasudevan, CEO of Penang Port, said, “Over the last years, we have significantly improved our performance and efficiency at North Butterworth Container Terminal.

“With Portchain, we can create the next step in data-driven decision making to further improve operational efficiency.

“We will also create more transparency and improve collaboration with customers and internal stakeholders by connecting them all to the Portchain platform with real-time information.”

Penang Port Sdn Bhd (Penang Port) is Malaysia’s oldest and longest established port and primary gateway for container shipping.

It is equipped to handle all types of cargo, such as containerised and non-containerised cargo such as liquid, dry bulk, and break-bulk.

Thor Thorup, CCO of Portchain, added, “We are excited to collaborate with Penang Port to optimize quayside operations.

“Our platform and AI-driven optimisation algorithms will increase planning speed and accuracy allowing berth planners to increase terminal capacity or reduce operational costs.

“It will also build trust and simplify communication by creating a common platform to share information in real-time with all stakeholders”.

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