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PortXchange launches AIS-based tool to optimise operations

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PortXchange has launched a new automatic identification system (AIS) solution to help maritime stakeholders optimise operations through more reliable estimated time of arrivals (ETAs).

In a statement, PortXchange said Shiptracker will calculate predictions up to three weeks in advance and make it easier for shippers, cargo owners and other parties involved in a port call to utilise resources more effectively.

In addition, Shiptracker allows users to select a destination port, which then generates an automated port call vessel list. All vessels with ETA predictions sailing to that specific port are also highlighted on a live map. 

PortXchange is offering a ‘community license’ subscription for port authorities to embed the Shiptracker map into their own proprietary websites. This will allow the port authorities to provide free access to accurate ETAs directly to their maritime community.

With Shiptracker, port authorities can even go one step further by integrating their planning into the system, providing the best of both worlds, the company said.

The product is currently being offered in three versions: an entry level free subscription; a ‘Basic’ license and ‘Premium’ unlimited licenses.

The free entry level product includes: live terrestrial and satellite vessel tracking; email notification of ATA (Actual Time of Arrival); a portcall vessel list view; vessel information, and reported ETA.

Users can start for free, and receive a 14-day trial of the Shiptracker Basic plan to experience the benefits of calculated ETAs.

As PortXchange is on a mission to reduce CO2 emissions from the maritime industry, it plans to add a carbon emissions report for each vessel to Shiptracker to increase awareness about its carbon footprint. 

A premium (unlimited licenses) with even more additional features, such as adding a vessel list via API (Application Programming Interface) and embedded map module is due to be released in the coming months.

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