Port of Rotterdams AI Vessel Platform

The Port of Rotterdam has revealed the scale of its investment in artificial intelligence (AI), and precisely how the technology can benefit port operations.

According to a statement, the Port Authority is looking to utilize what it describes as the “sea of data” to monitor port operations, including to predict vessel arrivals.

To do this, it is using Pronto, an application for standardized data exchange on port calls. It says that almost half of all shipping companies, agents, terminals and other nautical service providers in the port use Pronto to plan and monitor their operations and implement changes.

Pronto receives data from the Port Authority database and AIS, including vessel times at the loading platform. Data scientists then use the parameters to develop a self-learning computer model.

AI has, according to the Port Authority, already seen vessel waiting time cut by 20%. Speaking about the power of AI to improve terminal operations, Arjen Leege, Senior Data Scientist, Port of Rotterdam Authority, said this: “Various factors influence a vessel’s arrival time.

“This includes the vessel type and cargo type, as well as the location, route, sailing speed and movements of other vessels in the vicinity.

“We have mapped out the most crucial parameters. During this process, we sometimes dropped parameters or added new ones. For instance, it emerged that the number of times a vessel has already entered the Port of Rotterdam is also relevant.

“Computers can make complex connections mu....

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