For several years now, Inchcape Shipping services have been committed to ensuring all port operations are conducted smoothly. They provide a range of services, including survey and agency, dry-docking, financial management, cargo agency, bunker calls, and crew logistics. Furthermore, the Inchcape Marine surveyor has rolled out an exclusive Version 2.0 dedicated to ship-to-berth compatibility and Port Data. The company’s VP of Sales & Product Development, Jeff Clark, notes that this service, plus several other features, will provide customers with high-level transparency and unmatched market intelligence level.
After the launch of World of Ports in 2007, Inchcape developed a solution that serves as an exclusive source of reliable data for every customer spanning ship managers, oil and gas majors, and shipping companies globally.
The Port Data module released will be monitored over the next twelve months by Port Performance module, Market Intelligence, and Port Cost Estimator. Clark further explains that all these modules will help the port operations crew benchmark and plan voyages better and efficiently. Subsequently, the Port Data module allows charterers to carry out automated due diligence on marine assurance and operations through the combination of comprehensive port data and limitation with vessel data. Clark says that they are moving from a single source of trusted data to a reliable source of terminals, ports, and berths. Some of these new advanced features include a search function using exclusive search filters. Customers can search using IMO name and number or by generic vessel type and size.
The primary difference between the Inchcape marine surveyor and other port service providers is that Inchcape provides a platform, worldwide agency network that allows for direct data collection and verification. The centralized team works under a Master Marine and is equipped with knowledge with first-hand knowledge on practical and risk issues. Clark acknowledges that the value of their program is not they publish but instead utilizing the information. Their main aim is to speak the same language with partners and clients to build trust and enable target inquires and quick responses. So far, World Port 2,0 initiative covers 16 000 terminals, 4,600 ports, and 36 000 berths globally.
This program is backed by a unique vision to be the leading decision-making tool across the marine assurance world. Clark says that the strength and significant amount of data they gather every day allowed them to establish a clear and ambitious roadmap for the module. Besides providing an improved user interface, Inchcape split the service into four different modules with a range of new features, enhancing customer competitive advantage.
The new customization features incorporate the ability to create custom alerts for departures and arrival at berth. You can also set congestion alerts indicating if ships are waiting for a berth. In addition to custom alerts, Port Data customization includes a time stamps feature that provides alerts for all system data. Jeff Clark says that companies can use the data provided in verification or reporting to the authorities. Moreover, customers can set personal geofencing alerts for Emission Control Areas and piracy zones, enhancing privacy and mitigating risks.
The new customization features play a significant role in freeing up customers’ precious time. Their function combines a third-party vessel database and WoP’s proprietary database along with AIS data. The bottom line is that they save precious time, allowing the chartering crew to focus more on identifying new business opportunities. Jeff Clark says that this feature is particularly helpful for small companies with limited resources. Neither having an online solution means that these companies neither have to collect nor update data themselves, which can help them save a significant amount of time.
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