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Proving that port-to-port communication can save shipowners money

Limassol, the main port of Cyprus, has been highlighted as an example of how improved port to port communications can financially benefit shipowners and terminals that are keen to drive up efficiency.

In a fifth concept note published in conjunction with Fathom.World , a group of authors from STM Validation, have rounded on ports, terminals and vessel operators involved in short sea shipping. They argue that standardised messaging of key informant, notably a near real time relay of a vessel’s departure can create significant benefits.

With shipowners relying on agents to organise port activities, there can be a significant difference between the time and date those services are booked for, and when they are subsequently needed.

Even though port agents, representing ship operators, will input expected arrival times into a port community messaging system, they may not always be updated with any subsequent delays at the previous port – such as weather, technical problems, disputes etc. Agents may then have to re-book port services such as tugs, pilots, shore-workers for a later date, thus adding additional costs for the owner.

The authors, led by Mikael Lind, from the Research Institute of Sweden, are instrumental in the development of  the Port Collaborative Decision Making system, and Limassol is one of the 13 test ports that will be involved in proving its value.  In the 5th concept note the authors quote Captain Stelios Colombos, VTS operator at the port of Limassol who said he is convinced that collaboration between ports is imperative in the future.

Read the STM Concept Note #5 on Short Sea Shipping and the case of Cyprus here.

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Craig Eason Stockholm
Craig Eason is the owner and editorial director of Fathom.World. He has a background in the shipping industry having started his career as a cadet on oil tankers and gas carriers before becoming a navigating officer on a range of vessel types. A change in career, with ensuing university studies, and he has now gained 20 years experience in written and broadcast journalism. He now is in demand as a knowledgeable and competent editor and event host and moderator, both for in-house events and ones for the public.