Port of Gothenburg kicks off digital vessel arrival platform

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Port of Gothenburg kicks off digital vessel arrival platform

The Port of Gothenburg has launched its new “Digital Port Call” platform for the digitalisation of vessel arrival process.

This innovative system aims to enhance the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of the ship call process, marking a significant upgrade to the port’s maritime infrastructure.

As Scandinavia’s largest port, the Port of Gothenburg handles around 6,000 ship calls annually. Each arrival activates numerous stakeholders, from the vessel’s entry into the port area to its docking.

The Digital Port Call platform aims to centralise and process this information, offering a unified situational awareness and data-driven decision support throughout the call process. Ultimately, the goal is to enhance predictability and facilitate more efficient resource allocation, with a proactive approach to identifying and resolving disruptions at an early stage.

A key feature of the platform is enabling Just-In-Time (JIT) arrivals. Vessels receive a “digital queue ticket” before arrival, allowing them to adjust to an eco-friendly and cost-effective speed from their previous port, thus avoiding unnecessary rush and ensuring they proceed directly to a pre-assigned quay.

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Inter Terminals, a terminal company within the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port, is among the stakeholders contributing data to the platform.

Thomas Andersson, Manager Logistics Services at Inter Terminals, said: “We always aim to be at the forefront of digitalisation that creates value for us and our customers. Digital Port Call enhances the flow of information between actors in the Energy Port and provides opportunities for our customers to reduce their fuel consumption.”

The implementation of Digital Port Call is expected to significantly reduce anchorage and berth time, contributing to a decrease of 6,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually within the port area.

Gabriella Ståhle, Production Planner in the Energy Port, stated: “These numbers don’t include the reduction due to slow steaming from the previous port. With more efficient resource use by port call actors, all parties benefit from Digital Port Call.”

The Port of Gothenburg announced a record-breaking container volume for the first quarter of 2024, having handled a total of 242,000 TEU.

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