- Ship movement planning. A constant level of operation is important for a port, it means workers and equipment don’t sit ideal and avoids rush periods where ships get backed up and can’t be efficiently loaded/unloaded. The most important way to balance the port busyness is to effectively schedule vessels. Ship movement planning in turn also helps shipping companies be more efficient as they can forward plan arrivals and departures more accurately.
- Labour management. The cost of labour can range between 40 and 60 percent of total port operational expenses. Therefore, it is critical to port revenues that the labour is being effectively utilised. This means staff should only be rostered when ships are in the dock, making sure that they are there as soon as the load needs handling. Operators also need a high level of roster flexibility with its labour force as ship movements can be easily altered by weather or delays at previous ports.
- Warehouse management. In the past, port operators have relied on paper-based systems and/or spreadsheets to track the movement of goods in and out of their warehouses. These management methods are becoming outdated as they are not scalable to match demand. Electronic cargo management has been designed specifically for the logistics and shipping sector and is the practical solution to warehouse management.
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