PSA Marine has unveiled Vessel Pilot Communication (VPC), a digital solution to cut the carbon footprint during maritime operations.
In a statement PSA Marine said VPC will ensure critical and timely updates on pilot boarding times and traffic conditions in and around the boarding grounds are communicated to vessel masters.
Timely updates allow the vessel masters to adjust their vessels’ speed and time their arrival to Singapore, thereby achieving fuel optimisation and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to PSA Marine.
The VPC is a module of PSA Marine’s ONEHANDSHAKE™ digital platform which is designed to share information on port activities with a network of maritime stakeholders.
PSA Marine said it is committed to play its part for the environment and will continue to work alongside all maritime stakeholders to offer innovative and sustainable digital solutions which will benefit all parties.
Jimmy Koh, Head of Digital Transformation and Chief Pilot of PSA Marine, said: “We are delighted to garner support from the major shipping lines in our digitalisation and decarbonisation journey.
“During the pilot trial,” Koh continued, “the participating shipping lines have provided valuable feedback on the VPC digital solution.
“With its launch, all vessels calling at the Port of Singapore can benefit from information that can help them play their part in environmental sustainability.”
Dannis Lee, Managing Director of Yang Ming (Singapore) Pte Ltd, said: “With VPC, there is significant improvement in the way we monitor our fleet. Our ship masters will be notified of any changes to the pilot boarding time by the VPC.
“In addition, with information of the traffic conditions available on the VPC, they can adjust the vessels’ speed to derive a more accurate estimated time of arrival at the Port of Singapore.
“Hence, this enables our vessels to achieve a more efficient fuel consumption and allows us to contribute towards decarbonisation.”
Takashi Kase, Senior Vice President of Global Vessel Operations of Ocean Network Express (“ONE”) Pte Ltd, also commented: “ONE expects the new procedure of ship-shore communication will contribute more optimised traffic and pilotage at one of the world’s busiest channels, and further improve operational efficiency.”