Port call optimisation venture launches

digital solutions Pronto is a joint platform that can be used to optimally plan, execute and monitor all activities during a port call. Image: Port of Rotterdam

A new port company seeking to improve port call efficiency and help shipping companies reduce vessel emissions will offer a digital shipping app which optimises port call management.

Available through the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s just launched PortXchange company, Pronto is a joint platform that can be used by shipping companies, agents, terminals, port authorities and other nautical service providers to optimally plan, execute and monitor all activities during a port call based on the exchange of standardised data. In addition, Pronto enables just-in-time sailing, which helps reduce carbon emissions.

“By making our application available to ports across the world we can optimise the potential of digital solutions. The more ports use smart solutions, the more valuable these become,” stated Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

The establishment of a separate company is designed to enable partnerships with a variety of global players and the first PortXchange partnerships have already been signed, with Shell and A.P. Moller - Maersk.

“Pronto will be offered in several ports in Europe and the US before the end of the year,” revealed Mr Castelein. “The ambition for the years ahead is to make Pronto available to ports worldwide. Partnerships with major international players like Shell and Maersk play a crucial part in making Pronto a global success.”

Trust between parties for the free exchange of data is vital to the successful introduction of Pronto in other ports, said the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The establishment of a separate company also enables the solution’s neutrality and independence, and improves cooperation between all parties.

It is anticipated that PortXchange’s facilitation of new strategic partnerships will enable ports, shipping companies and terminals to coordinate on implementing smart digital solutions like Pronto in ports worldwide.

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