One of the most environmental friendly way of transporting goods is using sea vessels and inland shipping. However, only large quantities can be transported. Because of these large quantities, efficiency in planning and operations is essential. Small increases in performance result in large savings in money and emissions.

In more detail

In the industries of Maritime & Inland Shipping, we have experience in multiple problems, such as berth planning, interpreting AIS signals and route planning.

Before improving a planning or operation, obtaining insight in the current situation is crucial. Knowing what vessels did in the past will give the necessary information. This information can be obtained by using AIS-data. These AIS-transponders send information about the vessel’s location, speed and course. Vessels can be tracked, and interpretations of data gaps can be made in order to improve these data.

Quo Mare build a tool to interpret AIS-data. Most Dutch inland vessels equipped with an AIS-transponder are tracked by the tool. The core of this tool exists of interpreting all single coordinate points to complete routes. The output of the tool showed detailed historical information on every tracked vessel, such as sailed routes, visited stops, travelled distances, used speed and resting hours. For routes and stops an estimate of the type is created based on statistical methods, such as sailing empty, sailing full, loading, unloading, waiting for sluice. Other information could be distracted as well, such as CO2 Emission and fuel usage.

In Maritime, quantities and equipment are even larger than with inland shipping. Increasing the usage of these large sea vessels shows great opportunities. We have experience with creating a tool for constructing schedules for sea vessels sailing around the world. This tool shows the planning of the vessels, and creates future schedules given the cargos to be delivered.

Another improvement can be made in berth planning. Improving the berth planning leads to lower vessel waiting times and increases the usage of berth equipment. With an optimal berth planning, more vessels can be handled.

Based on our experience and knowledge of our projects, Quo Mare can help to solve planning and operations problems in Maritime & Inland Shipping. With our experience we can provide insight and deliver data-driven decision supporting tools. Using these tools will lead to increased performance, reduced costs, and will improve the environmental footprint of your Maritime & Inland shipping transport.