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Port of Rotterdam Authority Unveils New Pronto Application

Port of Rotterdam Authority Unveils New Pronto Application
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The Port of Rotterdam recently unveiled the first version of their new digital application Pronto.

Pronto was devised and designed to improving efficiency for some 30,000 vessels that visit the Port of Rotterdam each year. The new application enables visiting vessels to reduce their port waiting time by an average of 10 percent.

The Pronto platform creates a more efficient utilization of capacity at the port terminals along with improved planning and coordination for a wide scope of vessel services such as provisioning, bunkering and servicing and maintenance.

In addition to the above, Pronto also contributes to reducing CO2 emission levels from the port.

Paul Smits, Port Authority CFO said, “Pronto is a good example of how the Port Authority uses new digital solutions to raise the efficiency of processes in the port,”

He further explained, “Pronto is based on international standards and offers shipping companies, agents, service providers and operators a joint platform for the exchange of port call-related information. The application allows all users to optimally plan, execute and monitor activities throughout the entire port call. This yields concrete benefits for all parties involved. The uniform mutual exchange of standardized data allows port calls to be planned more effectively and efficiently and rounded off in a shorter period of time. Pronto was extensively tested over the past year during the development phase. We will now be making it available to members of the port community – either in exchange for data or for a fee. In the period ahead, we will be further developing the application and adding a number of new features. We expect more and more terminals in the port to start using Pronto, which in turn will increase the accuracy of the data it generates.”

Every year the port receives 30,000 sea-going vessels, to organize these in an efficient manner, shipping companies require detailed information on a whole host of factors such as arrival and departure times,  water depths and admission policies.

The new scheme was piloted in 2017 and Shell was one of the participating companies.

GM Shipping & Maritime, Europe & Africa for Shell, Ed Barsingerhorn said about the new application, “The pilot convinced us of the added value of Pronto. We have reduced the waiting time up to 20% for departing ships. It is essential that all parties involved in the process, including terminal and agent, work closely together and share relevant data. When we exchange time stamp data not only in Rotterdam but also between ports, the improvement potential increases significantly. Ships can sail optimally laden and arrive just-in-time through better planning.”

Pronto works by providing shipping companies, terminal operators, agents and other service providers with a shared platform for the exchange of information pertaining to their port calls. The user has the choice to enter the data into Pronto dashboard or directly into their own systems via API interfaces.

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