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PortVision grant to support maritime IT development

PortVision has launched a new initiative offering $500,000 to fund the development and implementation of web-based solutions that help non-profit maritime organisations enhance port and waterway efficiency, safety and security for their stakeholders.

Eligible grant participants for the PortVision CONNECT initiative will include harbour safety committees, trade associations, marine exchanges and other industry organisations that have a primarily maritime mission.

The grant initiative will include the commitment of dedicated PortVision staff members who will collaborate with grant recipients on development and implementation.

Pending projects include gate pass portals that streamline terminal access, information portals for real-time data access, real-time resource scheduling, and waterway alert systems.

Heading up the PortVision CONNECT initiative is Jason Tieman, the company’s director of maritime operations.

“As a maritime industry partner and a leader in providing vessel traffic analytics and intelligence for this domain, we know how to bridge the critical information gap between waterway stakeholders,” said Mr Tieman.

“Our goal is to help grantees facilitate better coordination and awareness of waterway impacts and vessel scheduling, so they can greatly enhance safety and achieve the most efficient waterway utilisation.”

“These efforts will also help improve visibility so these organisations can make more informed decisions for their stakeholders, while delivering a number of other benefits including less congestion, better traffic prioritisation, and a reduction in fuel consumption, excessive emissions and wait times.”

Maritime organisations interested in participating in the grant programme can obtain more information and download an application at www.portvision.com/connect.

As part of the grant application process, organisations must demonstrate that their project will enhance efficiency, safety or security for their stakeholders, and that it can serve as a model for expansion across the industry.

PortVision says it will fund up to 100 per cent of software development and operating costs for approved projects.

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