Urgent need to optimise port calls

At the workshop, attendees “readily accepted” proposed standards due to most of them being based on existing ISO standards At the workshop, attendees “readily accepted” proposed standards due to most of them being based on existing ISO standards

Each day, the need for port call optimisation is growing, especially with the International Maritime Organization’s commitment to lower total annual greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050.

That was one of the conclusions of an Industry Input Workshop held to discuss and agree on global data standards for port call data, permitting machines to understand one another.

At the workshop, attendees “readily accepted” proposed standards due to most of them being based on existing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards.

Unambiguous location identification (such as with berths and terminals) using Global Location Numbers in particular is anticipated to provide substantial value for port call optimisation.

The next step, according to a press release, is to undertake a gap analysis. Guidance is also required for ports and terminals on how to apply the standards.

The workshop saw further discussion on standard application programming interfaces, and while there was no concrete outcome, the scene was set as to what the goals should be.

The next Results of the program are expected to be available here before the end of the year.

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