THE Port of Rotterdam Authority has
unveiled the first version of its new digital application Pronto to
improve efficiency for the 30,000 vessels that call every year.
The application allows ships visiting
the port to cut their wait time by an average of one-fifth. The
application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at the port
terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range
of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and
"Pronto is based on international standards and offers shipping
companies, agents, service providers and operators a joint platform for
the exchange of port call-related information," said port chief
financial officer Paul Smits.
"The application allows all users to plan, execute and monitor
activities throughout the entire port call. This yields concrete
benefits for all parties involved. The uniform mutual exchange of
standardised data allows port calls to be planned more effectively and
efficiently and rounded off in a shorter amount of time," he said.
"Pronto was extensively tested over the past year during the development
phase. We will now be making it available to members of the port
community - either in exchange for data or for a fee. In the period
ahead, we will be further developing the application and adding a number
of new features."
Royal Dutch Shell was part of the testing. Shell's Ed Barsingerhorn
said: "We have reduced the waiting time up to 20 per cent for departing
ships. It is essential that all parties involved in the process,
including terminal and agent, work closely together and share relevant
"Then we exchange time stamp data not only in Rotterdam but also between
ports, the improvement potential increases significantly. Ships can
sail optimally laden and arrive just-in-time through better planning,"
said Mr Barsingerhorn.