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Just-in-time Rotterdam shipping trial saves Maersk, MSC 9pc in fuel

NINE per cent less fuel was used when ship speed was optimised in a Port of Rotterdam berthing trial involving 26 calls from Maersk and MSC ships, reported London's Loadstar

23 December 2020 - 19:00
NINE per cent less fuel was used when ship speed was optimised in a Port of Rotterdam berthing trial involving 26 calls from Maersk and MSC ships, reported London's Loadstar.

The just-in-time (JIT) shipping trial, conducted under the auspices of the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO), has highlighted the potential for 'enormous' fuel savings.



'What this shows is that standardisation, sharing data and digital tools really helps,' said Emile Hoogsteden, Port of Rotterdam director for containers, breakbulk and logistics. 'The potential savings in emissions and bunker costs are enormous.'



Rotterdam's port call optimisation tool, previously called Pronto, was created to ensure the relevant data is shared between the different parties in the port-chain at the same time, said Mr Hoogsteden.



Port Exchange now shares data between shipping lines, terminals, pilots, tugs and fuel barges that would normally be done manually.



While optimising port calls at Rotterdam is helpful, the port is keen to help customers by making the whole container supply chain more efficient, which means coordination, standardisation and data sharing with other ports, in northern Europe and in Asia, it said.



Said Mr Hoogsteden: 'When you start developing tools like Port Exchange, it's good for Rotterdam, but it's even better if you share it with ports around the world, because then you learn from from each other.'



Other ports trialling the tool include Felixstowe, Algeciras, Houston and London Gateway, he said.



Data sharing between stakeholders within a port, as well as between ports, has been a challenge in developing digital tools like Port Exchange, due to the potentially sensitive nature of the information.



Mr Hoogsteden said the Covid crisis had helped accelerate ports' willingness to pursue digitalisation and collaboration beyond the terminal gate.



'Previously, some companies wanted to sit on their data, as they were either scared of sharing or thought they could make tons of money from it,' he said. 'Whereas, in reality, data sharing can make a bigger pie for all those participating and what we see now is companies slowly but surely


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