THE Hamburg Vessel Coordination Centre (HVCC), Wartsila and Carnival have unveiled the benefits of real-time data exchange between ship and port to delegates attending the Smart Ports Summit in London.
Reliable ship arrivals, more efficient ship handling and port logistics, as well as reduced fuel consumption and emissions are the aims of a joint digitalisation project between the Hamburg Vessel Coordination Centre, maritime technology company Wartsila and the cruise group Carnival.
The Hamburg Vessel Coordination Centre has been optimising vessel traffic into and out of the port of Hamburg for the past decade. HVCC has over the last 12 months coordinated the arrival of 3,200 mega ships in the port of Hamburg. As part of this passage planning, HVCC determines the ideal arrival time (requested time of arrival-RTA) for a ship as it approaches the River Elbe.
In doing so, it takes into account factors such as berth occupancy, oncoming traffic, tide and weather conditions, and gets the operational overview approved by the relevant authorities - all long before the ship begins its transit to Hamburg.
The shipping company or ship management can use the RTA data to adjust the ship's speed and route in order to ensure that the vessel arrives on time. This also allows terminals and other port service providers to make their plans at the same time. The resulting benefits of such a system are reliable arrival times, optimised port logistics and resource planning, and reductions in fuel consumption and emissions.
Alongside the maritime technology provider Wartsila and Carnival, HVCC has now further developed its passage planning and has tested a one-of-a-kind, digital solution for just-in-time ship calls. For the first time the direct, real-time data exchange under real-world conditions between port and ship was realized in order to enable a dynamically optimised Hamburg approach.
The first live tests were carried out on the M/S "AIDAperla" and M/S "AIDAsol" - ships which regularly call at the port of Hamburg. During these tests, the data shared between HVCC and Carnival Maritime's Fleet Operation Centre in Hamburg was fed directly into the cruise ships' electronic nautical chart (ECDIS) via the Navi-Port digital platform developed by Wartsila.