Panama Canal to upgrade vessel scheduling and resource management

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced on Wednesday that it will be bringing in a new vessel scheduling and resource management system to improve efficiency and reduce costs to itself and to stakeholders.

New technology solutions are needed to cope with the waterways increased traffic volume, which continues to expand since last June’s inauguration of the Canal’s expansion.

Of late the Canal has been setting monthly tonnage records.

This technology will enable an integrated operating plan for tugboats, pilots and line handlers, not just the vessels transiting the Canal.

The system is being provided by Dutch company Quintig which specializes in supply chain planning software for the maritime, transportation and logistics industries.

It will be phased in over about two years with the vessel-scheduling module predicted to be up and running by the end of September this year.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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