Berth scheduling must be cohesive and carefully planned, not left to chance, finds John Bensalhia
The UK’s Cirrus Logistics Ltd and the Marine Institute at Plymouth University have developed a survey to look at berthing operations in global terminals and ports in order to get an up to date picture on scheduling and iron out inefficiencies.
A new port scheduling system has been developed to predict where future problems may arise - and then also help to re-plan accordingly.
The introduction of berth scheduling software at Associated Petroleum Terminals (APT) in Immingham a few years ago was not without its difficulties. Bob Law, APT's oil movements controller, saw the process through. "Many of my colleagues were understandably sceptical," he says. "We had managed berthing operations seemingly quite well until then and they were worried that this would prove to be just another toy to play with."
Two maritime software tools - Amatis, used to undertake traffic simulations, and Seaberth, used for both berth scheduling and berth simulation - are being deployed as part of a major new port development in Qatar. Over the next 10-15 years, Ras Laffan Port will be transformed into the biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) dispatch point for consignments to the US, the UK and Japan, while also implementing major new container and general cargo terminals.
Cirrus Logistics has launched the latest generation of its warehouse layout software. The new version has factored in a means to manage the impact of increasing traffic around the warehouse site, taking into account the various factors influencing flows across the site.
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