TPMTech: Coordinating Vessel Arrivals — A Conversation with Portchain
Predicting when a vessel might arrive and when a berth might be clear to receive a vessel might seem like a straightforward task that had been addressed long ago. But the reality is that system silos among container lines, port authorities and terminal operators prevent this from being a standardized process at a global level. Although shipping line-terminal coordination is very much outside the direct control of shippers and logistics providers, delays and miscommunication around the arrival and working of vessels has indelible impact on those groups. Technology provider Portchain is attempting to improve that coordination by building a network of carriers and terminals working through a web-based system that, in theory, allows vessel operators to better time their arrivals to coincide with berth and labor availability on the docks. In this session, Portchain executives will explain why this has been difficult, what technology is doing to change the scenario, and why it matters to container port stakeholders.