PortXchange Products B.V. has announced a partnership with software supplier BigMile to monitor and increase transparency of shipping emissions at ports.
As most ports currently lack the necessary means to track emissions, the two companies have teamed up in a bid to equip ports worldwide with a digital service that will allow them to monitor emissions and help them quantify the impact of their sustainability programmes.
“We are excited to partner up with BigMile – the leader in CO2 footprint standardisation – and to contribute our vast experience in the maritime industry to this collaboration,” said Sjoerd de Jager, Managing Director of PortXchange.
According to their recent statement, PortXchange and BigMile argue that shipping emission impact is most noticeable in ports – as these are usually located close to cities.
In this regard, the companies believe digitalisation can significantly enhance decarbonisation efforts by providing means to calculate and monitor emissions and subsequently implement measures and interventions to reduce them.
Strategic measures may include electrification and the construction of shore power systems.
“With our flagship product called PortXchange Synchronizer, we offer a solution that allows vessels to optimise their sailing speed for just-in-time (JIT) arrival at the port,” added de Jager.
“This reduces fuel consumption during the voyage and avoids unnecessary waiting time at anchorage, which leads to lower emissions in the port area.
“Port authorities can play a significant role in facilitating JIT arrival by supporting data-sharing initiatives and offering incentive schemes such as JIT-induced port fee discounts. There are several examples of such schemes currently being trialled, including at the ports in Rotterdam, Los Angeles Long Beach, Singapore, and Esbjerg.”
The service will also become available to other ports by the end of this year.
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