Maritime technology startup Intelligent Cargo Systems has launched a free self-assessment tool for container ship operators. With just a few simple questions, the Port Call Calculator helps container ship fleet management teams to better understand how much port idle time is affecting their bunker consumption.
The tool calculates a port call efficiency rating, with those scoring below 80% likely to be able to make significant bunker savings through process improvement and better use of technology.
“As 2020 approaches the need to make marginal efficiency gains across every area of vessel operations is increasing,” says Nick Chubb, Head of Growth at Intelligent Cargo Systems, “A staggering amount of fuel is currently being wasted across the world through poor port call efficiency. This tool gives ship operators a quick and easy way to understand the scale of the problem and some insight into what savings can be made through the use of port call optimisation technology”.
The Port Call Calculator is part of a range of tools and services that Intelligent Cargo Systems offer to help improve port call efficiency. According to research conducted by the EU-funded Sea Traffic Management Validation project, container ships incurred 71,202 hours of idle time at Europe’s major ocean-going ports in 2017.
This represents an annual loss of €100 million, to the container sector alone. To tackle this issue, Intelligent Cargo Systems developed CargoMate, a revolutionary port call optimisation system that predicts the earliest time a ship can sail and puts the right information in front of the people who need it in any port worldwide.
Sea News, February 7