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ISS World of Ports upgrade

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has upgraded its World of Ports database, adding new feedback features and mapping tools.

The service available online provides marine assurance teams with the data required to assess whether a vessel matches up with the particular requirements of load, discharge and husbandry ports.

ISS says it employs qualified mariners and local agents to regularly collect and assess berth restriction, and that its World of Ports provides information on 6,800 berths in 3,000 terminals in 1,500 ports in 169 countries. Tanker shipping companies or charterers can search the database to fix a voyage.

The new version allows for increased personalisation. Besides World of Ports’ 170 data fields, users can provide direct feedback on a port call, make comments on a particular berth, or upload documents to provide additional information on a facility.

Users can also store their own private notes on ports and pull in information from other data feeds, including social media, to allow all port-related information to be managed in one workspace when screening a port call.

ISS says that its World of Ports is now optimised for use on mobile phones or tablet devices.

New mapping tools allow for map-based navigation to define the geographic areas required and retrieve port information, while search functions make it possible to check various aspects of port, terminal and berth parameters.

Piers Yea, general manager for ISS Group Information says that “the new online service uses the latest technologies for greater user accessibility and a more collaborative approach to deliver the very best in marine assurance data.”

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