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Panama Canal to launch scheduling optimisation system

Panama Canal’s Marine Traffic Control Centre, responsible for the scheduling, coordination and monitoring of vessel traffic through the Canal Panama Canal’s Marine Traffic Control Centre, responsible for the scheduling, coordination and monitoring of vessel traffic through the Canal

The Panama Canal is set to launch a new vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to optimise the flow of ship traffic through the waterway.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new system will allow the newly expanded Canal to execute an integrated operating plan when scheduling transit operations, covering tugboats, pilots and line handlers, providing more accurate data for better decision-making and improving situational awareness.

This is expected to shorten vessel waiting times, increasing the number of potentially available vessel slots each day and improving the overall reliability of the route.

“Using advanced modelling language, we’ll be able to leverage path-optimisation algorithms and mathematical, constraint and graphical programming to optimise scheduling and resource utilisation,” said Arnoldo Cano, Panama Canal program manager for ACP Renewal of Processes and Core Systems.

“Simply put, the technology is best-in-class, and we’re excited to work with our partners at Quintiq to bring it to bear for the Canal and its customers.”

Quintiq is a Dutch company owned by Dassault Systèmes, which specialises in delivering supply chain planning and optimisation software to the maritime, transportation and logistics industries.

The new system will be fully integrated into Canal operations over the course of the next two years, with the module responsible for managing the Canal’s vessel scheduling expected to be operational by the end of September 2017.{/mprestriction}

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