E-PORTS: MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF SHIP/SHORE INTERFACE

E-PORTS: MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF SHIP/SHORE INTERFACE

Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy. More than 80 per cent of global trade by volume and almost 70 per cent of global trade by value are carried by sea. On the other hand, rephrasing James Brown, in terms of cargo shipment it is a maritime world but it would be nothing without a port. High level of vessel support from shore facilities secures the optimization of cargo transportation from shipper to consignee (end to end) along the supply chain.

By definition Interface is the term used for coordination between two different entities. The core of the ship / shore interface is the effective exchange of information and transparent communication among and between different maritime and shore actors before or during a single or a range of activities carried out together when a vessel is calling a port. Integration of all these distinct entities of the port community (from harbor masters and terminal operators to port agents and carriers) targeting at the harmonization of the added complexity from a number of ship to shore operational requirements before , during and after a port call is nowadays managed though intelligent IT solutions as the port community system (PCS).

PCS is a neutral and open electronic platform provided for the fast and secured dissemination of information between all port stakeholders optimizing and smoothing port processes. PCS solution is adopted by a constantly increased number of ports, especially those important nodes along the major trade routes which handle a huge amount of cargo flow every day and are in need of advanced automated systems in order to reduce inefficiencies in port business processes and facilitate the smooth flow of electronic data.

Intelligent communication systems is the success story of today’s advanced ship/shore interface management but what about the hundreds of local minor ports in hierarchy of trade networks where not only advanced IT solutions are a figment of imagination but also basic information publicly available to maritime industry is lacking (information on port infrastructure , restrictions, services etc.)

DanaosONE is the pioneering electronic Platform for trusted and secure social networking and service integration among the various actors in maritime industry.  One step beyond E-Ports solution, an under development service within platform, is structured in a way to bring together shipping and port community under ONE homogenous Cluster in a complete, holistic enhancement of electronic business servicing and collaboration.

E-Ports service has a global coverage stretched from the minor port, dealing with the lack of secure and fast exchange of information between ship and shore actors which is created by the absence of aforementioned sophisticated IT communication solutions and sometimes hardening the effectiveness of port operations, to mega hubs, integrating with existing advanced communication systems enhancing and adding value to stakeholders collaboration

E-Ports is not another port information service sharing basic port data on port facilities, restrictions, tariffs and terminal characteristics. It is an interactive and user friendly ecosystem where a shipping principal could utilize data to pre assess his port call to come or benchmark against a previous port call experience of his own, to comply with statutory formalities, search for the right partner, explore new business opportunities and access intelligent e-maritime solutions targeting at the improvement of ship/shore interface.

Our Vision in Danaos is e-port DanaosONE platform service to become the one-stop-shop in terms of servicing, collaboration, marketing and communication that will provide the necessary means for effective e-transactions between shipping and port stakeholders.

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