Enabling Efficient Tanker Operations



Mikael Lind (RISE), Chye Poh Chua (ShipsFocus), Michael Bergmann (RISE), Xiuju Fu (IHPC A*Star), Andrew Adams (Stolt Nielsen), and Sidharthan Nair (Chevron Oronite Pte Ltd) Mark Lim (Stolthaven)


Most of the debate associated to port-call coordination and optimization is related to container transport. As the nature of non-container port-calls differs, the characteristics of non-container segments need to be understood. The tanker industry largely offers a tramp service (like a taxi) with fixed, semi-fixed or unfixed routes without a pre-fixed timetable like in a liner service (like a bus).

This means unknown or unpredictable port visits until a freight contract is made by traders who decide load date and destinations depending on factors like oil prices. Due to fluctuations in prices and availability, there are often last-day changes of schedule which put pressure for port-call actors and resources to respond on time and create financial & environmental benefits to all involved.

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