The Port of Rotterdam are investing in an application that allows standardised data about a visiting ship call to be exchanged by nautical service providers.
It is known as Pronto and the port authority said that almost half of the shipping companies, agents and terminals and other providers to use the system to plan, implement and monitor their activities during a port call.
Arjen Leege, the Port of Rotterdam’s senior data scientist, said Pronto uses artificial intelligence to predict vessel arrival times in the port.
“Various factors influence a vessel’s arrival time. This includes the type of vessel and type of cargo as well as the location, route, sailing speed and movements of other vessels in the vicinity,” he said.
“We have mapped out the most crucial parameters. During the process, we sometimes dropped parameters or added new ones. For instance, the number of times a vessel has already entered the port is also relevant.”
The port’s data scientists used the parameters to develop a self-learning computer model, and initially this was fed with some 12,000 items of historical data. The computer recognised patterns in these, enabling it to learn to predict how much time a vessel needs to move from the loading platform to the berth.
“We can now predict, with 20 minutes precision, when arriving vessels will reach the berth,” said Mr Leege.