Tanger Med Port Authority, Wärtsilä Voyage, Hapag-Lloyd, and Anglo-Eastern Ship Management have succeeded in enabling the world’s first digitally controlled port arrival.
The container vessel Kobe Express owned by Hapag-Lloyd and managed by Anglo Eastern, docked safely and on-time at Tanger Med port in Morocco on June 25 using the Wärtsilä Navi-Port system. The vessel, with a carrying capacity of 4,612 teu, had sailed to the port from Cartagena, Colombia.
Wärtsilä Voyage’s Navi-Port system is a digital platform that facilitates the exchange of real-time data between ships and their destination ports to allow more accurate arrival times.
The system exchanges required time of arrival digitally with the onboard navigation system and allows a ship’s speed schedule to be adjusted for a Just-in-Time (JiT) arrival, saving fuel and costly waiting time at anchor.
Dmitry Rostopshin, general manager for ship traffic control at Wärtsilä Voyage, said: “This is a momentous accomplishment. We have moved beyond pilot and testing projects to real-life applications, and we see this as kick-starting a trend that will make both shipping and port operations more efficient and less carbon intensive.”