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Digital berth scheduler. Reduce wait times and improve overall vessel turnaround time

After successfully deploying the Smartflow Digital ISGOTT Solution at terminals worldwide, establishing an ISGOTT community, and partnering with knowledgeable industry leaders such as NxtPort International and Platform8, the Smartflow team is relentlessly continuing to add new features to support terminals, ships, and ports on their journey to digitalization.

Table of contents

  1. Schedule ship arrival and departure

  2. Efficient & safe bert scheduling 

  3. Shadow IT and data breaches costs

  4. Smartflow Digital ISGOTT solution

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The Digital Berth Scheduler 

We’re on a mission to enable terminals and tankers to stop using outdated, manual methods for berth scheduling, whether paper-based or Excel spreadsheets or any other Shadow IT methods that endanger terminals’ security.

The International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) provides guidelines for the safe transportation and storage of oil and other hazardous materials. One of the key recommendations of ISGOTT is to use a digital platform for berth scheduling, as this can help to improve operational efficiency and safety.

Reduce fuel consumption by enabling ships to schedule their arrival and departure times accurately.

A simple add-on to your Digital ISGOTT solution gives you the opportunity to reduce fuel consumption by enabling ships to schedule their arrival and departure times accurately. When ships wait unnecessarily in line for a berth and spend extra time at the terminal results in excessive fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing fuel consumption can lower our carbon footprint and help protect the environment.

In addition, using a digital berth scheduler eliminates paper-based processes, ending paper waste. This not only helps to reduce costs but also minimizes your impact on the environment.

Bring more efficiency and safety into the berth scheduling process

Are you looking to streamline operations, improve data accuracy, gain real-time visibility, and enhance ship and shore collaboration? Have you set up compliance goals for the upcoming years? Is safety a top priority for you? 

Start by automating the manual tasks involved in berth scheduling - manual data entry, document management, and communication between the ship and the terminal. Save time, and reduce the risk of errors and miscommunications. 

Manual methods like Excel spreadsheets can be prone to human errors. Working digitally, you manage berth scheduling data more accurately and reliably, ensuring that everything is up-to-date and correct. This can help to reduce delayed operations, safety risks, environmental hazards, or loss of revenue.

Excel Sheets  - open gate to data breaches

Did you know that performing inspections using MS Excel, MS Word, or Google Sheets is part of the shadow IT landscape?

Continuing to perform berth scheduling in Excel increases the risks of data breaches, data stealth, malicious activity, and data loss. The average cost of a data breach worldwide in 2022 was 164 U.S. dollars per stolen record. 

For tank storage terminals, the potential costs could be even higher due to the sensitive nature of the stored and processed data. A data breach could lead to the theft of valuable trade secrets, the compromise of critical infrastructure, and the release of hazardous materials into the environment

In 2019, OCIMF released a publication titled "Recommendations on Cyber Security Practices in the Shipping Industry," highlighting the need for robust cyber security practices, including using digital technologies for risk management. The publication also emphasized the importance of ensuring that critical systems, such as those used for berth scheduling, are secure from cyber threats.

Similarly, IAPH has recognized digitalization's potential benefits and encouraged its members to adopt digital technologies to improve port operations. In 2019, IAPH launched a digitalization program to support the adoption of digital technologies in ports worldwide.

The Smartflow Digital ISGOTT Solution

The Smartflow Digital ISGOTT Solution is a complete digital solution for the ship-shore checklists from start to finish. It offers a simple and user-friendly interface for terminal personnel and vessel captains to use anytime, anywhere. The solution allows for all ship-shore safety checklists and forms to be in one place, and they can be easily added and customized as per the terminal’s needs. It also offers an easy way to share information and collaborate between the terminal and the vessel. 

Schedule a live demo. Our team will walk you through the platform's features and capabilities and demonstrate how it can revolutionize your terminal operations. We'll show you how our platform can help you streamline your scheduling process, reduce ship waiting times, improve safety and compliance, and promote sustainability.

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