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Weilbach and Intelligent Cargo Systems team up to help shipping companies optimise port calls

The CargoMate system allows shipping companies to compare reported performance from the terminal against observed performance from the ship. The CargoMate system allows shipping companies to compare reported performance from the terminal against observed performance from the ship.

Software and shipping supplier Weilbach has partnered up with Intelligent Cargo Systems to offer shipping companies a full portfolio of digital products to optimise performance. With this new partnership, Weilbach is adding port call optimisation to its portfolio.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} According to Martin Mikkelsen, director of business development, Weilbach, the partnership will fill a gap by offering shipping companies a complete portfolio of digital products to optimise performance. “Until now, we have been able to support shipping companies in getting vessels quickly from A to B and with the CargoMate system from Intelligent Cargo Systems, we cover the whole journey including port calls.”

CEO Chris Jones from Intelligent Cargo Systems said that port call optimisation is an area that shipping companies are not focusing on.

“This is a new area of shipping that is almost a black hole because shipping companies do not think about what actually happens when they are in port. But by using real time data that shows productivity in the port it is possible to predict more accurately whether the port operations are early, on time, or delayed and consequently maintain schedule,” Mr Jones said.

Weilbach’s partnership with Intelligent Cargo Systems means that shipping companies can participate in workshops on how to save money on port call optimisation by cutting costs on fuel and at the same time reduce emission of CO2.

“We made a case study based on the route performance of a major carrier operating an Asia – Europe route of ultra-large container vessels. It showed us that 45 per cent of port calls were completed late. The statistics covered a two-month period in the Autumn 2020 and resulted in an extra bunker cost of approximately $250,000. Over a 12-month period this would cost the company more than $1.5M on this route alone to maintain schedule,” said Mr Jones.

“By participating in a workshop, shipping companies can work together with us to look at areas where digital products may help them to optimise performance and avoid extra bunker costs.”

According to Intelligent Cargo Systems, its CargoMate system neutrally records berth performance and allows shipping companies to compare reported performance from the terminal against observed performance from the ship. The system is easy to use and does not require crew training. {/mprestriction}

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