SC Ports deploys Portchain to digitalise berth planning


South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) has announced a strategic partnership with Portchain to digitalise its berth planning.

Portchain will be deployed at the port’s new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal (HLT), with plans to roll the roll the solution out to SC Ports’ Wando Welch Terminal (WWT) and North Charleston Terminal (NCT) by the end of 2021.

Port calls will be automatically imported into Portchain’s Berth Optimisation Engine (BOE) application, SC Ports said.

The digital planning process will enable more accurate and reliable berth scheduling and allow planners to quickly evaluate different scenarios and select the optimal plan, while quickly responding to new customer information.

Stakeholders in the port community and shipping lines will utilise Portchain’s cloud-based platform with real-time access to the latest berth schedule.

SC Ports will offer a single view of real-time scheduling information, while creating a distinctive digital collaboration and competitive advantage for SC Ports and its stakeholders.

Joel Britt, Senior Director of Operations, commented, “SC Ports has a mission to deliver cost-effective facilities and operations, while providing enhanced collaboration and service offerings for our customers and stakeholders.

“With Portchain, we will deploy the latest cloud technology to digitise and improve vessel operation planning, and create a distinctive customer experience by connecting all stakeholders to the multi-terminal berth plan in real-time.”

Thor Thorup, CCO of Portchain, added, “We are excited to partner with SC Ports to digitise the berth planning process and enter the US Market.

“We look forward to working with SC Ports to simplify communication and creating a common platform to share information in real-time with all stakeholders.”

These three terminals mark Portchain’s first entry into the US market after its earlier success in Europa and Asia.

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