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Unique Berth Planner tool goes live
The launch of the new digital Berth Planner tool, Allberth, is under way. The first to use this new smart service is Port Control – which receives all calls at the Port of Gothenburg – and the safety and security coordinators at the Energy Terminal. External users will gradually join the system.
“Allberth is long awaited and much sought after. With Allberth we now have a berth planning tool that can make calls smarter, safer, and considerably more efficient for all concerned. And reduced emissions from the vessels are an obvious benefit in climate terms,” said Fredrik Rauer, traffic coordinator and project leader for Berth Planner at the Gothenburg Port Authority.
One of the most striking advances to emerge from Allberth is the ability to quickly and effectively identify berths that are vacant and then act on that information. This has made the call system considerably easier and offers a unique overview. Not only can those involved improve their resource planning, the reduction in waiting times ultimately leads to lower emissions.
“We can now use the same tool to examine the safety parameters to determine whether a ship can moor at a specific berth, to position the ship, and to plan the time. We can also show external parties the calls that have been coordinated with the terminal and the calls for which we only have an approved vessel notification. Without this status distinction it will appear as if we have two or three moored vessels overlapping and an outsider would logically put this down to scheduling problems. With Allberth we can give mooring personnel, the ship’s agent, and the terminal the opportunity to act immediately on the information that we visualise in the application,” said Fredrik Rauer.
Fact file: Allberth
Allberth offers two-way integration – for in-house use by berth planning personnel at the Port of Gothenburg and for external use by the various parties involved in calls. Allberth is more powerful and more comprehensive than anything that was previously available. Traffic coordinators at Port Control, safety and security coordinators at the Energy Terminal, and the port’s production planners now have a schematic overview at their disposal. It is similar in many ways to a traditional school timetable, where a note is made of which ships are moored at the different berths. Using the map service, a time slot is chosen for a specific berth, allowing operatives to see which vessel is due to moor at a particular berth at a particular time. In certain instances we can also see the planned position at the quayside.
Prompt and accurate information to key players is fundamental in an efficient call system. This is where the second part of Allberth comes into play. Allberth provides rapid status information to external parties, including the pilots, personnel at the mooring company, and the ship’s agent, all of whom have a key role to play. The system ensures greater accuracy and predictability, making it more time efficient, cost effective, and environmentally smart.
Allberth is the result of collaboration between the Finnish company Awake.AI, which is responsible for developing the service, and the Gothenburg Port Authority. It will be the first step in the task of increasing transparency and visualisation of the call system. It will also be a vital element in the ongoing digitalisation of the port as a freight hub and a key area for the Port of Gothenburg as it continues its journey into a digitalised world.
Allberth and further digitalisation of the call system will contribute to improving the efficiency of the system as a result of enhanced resource utilisation and a more transparent flow of information – factors that can help save time and reduce bunkering emissions.
If you have any press enquiries, please contact:
Fredrik Rauer, Allberth Project Leader and Traffic Coordinator, Gothenburg Port Authority
Phone: 031-368 76 10 SMS: 0728-56 66 00
Justina Li, Marketing Director, Awake.AI
Phone: +35 850 462 3977
Fact file: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region. 30 per cent of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as half of all container traffic.
The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden with the capacity to receive the world's largest container vessels and has the broadest range of shipping routes within and outside Europe. The 25 rail shuttles that depart each day mean that companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, environmentally smart link to the largest port in the Nordic region. The Port of Gothenburg has terminals for oil, cars, ro-ro, containers and passengers.