THE Port of Rotterdam Authority has unveiled the first version of its new digital application Pronto to improve efficiency for the 30,000 vessels that call every year.
The application allows ships visiting the port to cut their wait time by an average of one-fifth. The application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning.
'Pronto is based on international standards and offers shipping companies, agents, service providers and operators a joint platform for the exchange of port call-related information,' said port chief financial officer Paul Smits.
'The application allows all users to plan, execute and monitor activities throughout the entire port call. This yields concrete benefits for all parties involved. The uniform mutual exchange of standardised data allows port calls to be planned more effectively and efficiently and rounded off in a shorter amount of time,' he said.
'Pronto was extensively tested over the past year during the development phase. We will now be making it available to members of the port community - either in exchange for data or for a fee. In the period ahead, we will be further developing the application and adding a number of new features.'
Royal Dutch Shell was part of the testing. Shell's Ed Barsingerhorn said: 'We have reduced the waiting time up to 20 per cent for departing ships. It is essential that all parties involved in the process, including terminal and agent, work closely together and share relevant data.
'Then we exchange time stamp data not only in Rotterdam but also between ports, the improvement potential increases significantly. Ships can sail optimally laden and arrive just-in-time through better planning,' said Mr Barsingerhorn.