Minimising Vessel Delays

There are a lot of ways to avoid delaying a vessel from departing or arriving, the only way to really justify a delay is simply because a lack of proper equipment to do the job. Before getting there, OptiPort checks if there are no other cost-effective solutions to avoid this delay, as there are more variables to play with in a real-life environment.

Dynamic Start Times of Incoming Jobs

Once OptiPort knows which of your client’s vessels are inbound, OptiPort starts to track that vessel and forecasts if the given ETA will be viable or not. To be able to calculate the estimated ETA, OptiPort uses a proprietary and dynamic algorithm which is able to forecast the arrival time at the pickup point in real time with a high level of accuracy.

Dynamic Pickup & Dropoff Locations

Knowing where and when a vessel needs to be picked up, or dropped off by a tug is heavily dependent on vessel size, draft and cargo. Unfortunately, the reality is that no-one knows exactly where these locations are, which makes it hard to exactly know when a tug will start or when it will have finished its job and when/where it will be available for its next assignment. Creating an efficient planning of the available tugs without this knowledge, especially on in the scenario of a very busy day, soon becomes a best guess instead of a fact based event.

Forecasting the Duration of Jobs and (de)mobilization

With Optiport’s dynamic pickup/drop off locations, the application knows exactly what route to be sailed and perfectly estimates the duration of that job. This estimation is based on a large number of variables, like vessel type, dimensions, berth, vessel orientation at berth and weather influences.

Interview Shaun Thomas

We asked Shaun Thomas (ST), COO of WESTUG, about his experience with the OptiPort planning tool. Westug started working with the planning tool at the beginning of September 2019, when they commenced their operations for Fortescue Metals Group in Port Hedland, commissioned by KOTUG International.

Forecasting the Required Number of Tugs

Not all ports have the same clear instructions on tug types, bollard pull and numbers for specific voyages. Most ports still leave that decision to the responsible pilot, whereby differences in requirements between pilots, berths and vessels are more a rule than an exception.