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Wärtsilä and Tanger Med enable first reallife digital port call for HapagLloyd vessel

Press Release – Within the framework of a partnership previously announced between Tanger Med Port Authority and Wärtsilä Voyage – which aims at digitalising maritime port calls -Tanger Med, HapagLloyd, and AngloEastern Ship Management have succeeded in enabling the world’s first digitally controlled port arrival. The ‘Kobe Express’, a container ship owned by HapagLloyd and managed by Anglo Eastern, docked safely and ontime at Tanger Med port in Morocco on June 25 using the Wärtsilä NaviPort system.

Wärtsilä Voyage’s NaviPort system is a digital platform that facilitates the exchange of realtime data between ships and their destination ports to allow accurate arrival times. The system exchanges required time of arrival digitally with the onboard navigation system and allows a ship’s speed schedule to be adjusted for a JustinTime (JiT) arrival by the clicking of one button, thereby saving fuel and costly waiting time at anchor.

The Kobe Express, a Bermudaflagged container ship with a carrying capacity of 4612 TEU, docked safely at Tanger Med on the Strait of Gibraltar on 25 June having sailed in from Cartagena in Colombia.

“This is a momentous accomplishment. We have moved beyond pilot and testing projects to reallife applications, and we see this as kickstarting a trend that will make both shipping and port operations more efficient and less carbon intensive”, said Dmitry Rostopshin, General Manager for Ship Traffic Control at Wärtsilä Voyage.

Wärtsilä Voyage and Tanger Med Port, the largest Mediterranean and African container port, are jointly developing a cuttingedge Port Management Information System (PMIS) with PortLink and featuring Wärtsilä’s NaviPort system. A key aim of the PMIS is to facilitate JiT ship arrivals and enhance the port’s ship traffic control protocols.

“Tanger Med is committed to providing highlevel services to shipowners and international maritime alliances to ensure calls in the best condition. This is an important milestone in our joint project with Wärtsilä”, commented Khalid Samir, Harbourmaster at Tanger Med

“AngloEastern has partnered with Wärtsilä to digitalise the operations of the more than 600 vessels in our managed fleet. We anticipate that the Wärtsilä technology will speed the execution and planning of voyages and allow us to better monitor fuel efficiency and engine performance for optimal operations. Congratulations to Capt. Kishor Dinde and his crew, and to everyone else involved in this successful digital docking of the Kobe Express,” said Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO of AngloEastern.

“Technology is moving forward quickly in the shipping industry, and this worldfirst achievement is evidence that we are entering an era of high efficiency and better environmental performance, which will benefit all industry stakeholders. Congratulations to Wärtsilä and Tanger Med Port Authority for helping to make this happen,” said Ralf Belusa, Managing Director Digital Business at HapagLloyd.

“A number of similar projects are well underway with other leading ports and shipping companies around the world. As the economic and environmental benefits of JiT operations are becoming increasingly clear to the maritime community, so Wärtsilä will continue to invest in developing our innovative solutions which also help to support the IMO’s decarbonisation and GHG reduction strategies” said Bruce Mills, Business Development Manager for Ship Traffic Control at Wärtsilä Voyage.

The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of News2Sea.

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