Navis has implemented a berth window management (BWM) tool at Porto Itapoá, aiming to centralise, digitise and standardise processes around berth planning to help the Santa Catarina hub raise its operational efficiency.
Prior to using the platform, the port in the Babitonga Bay port complex had to verify information across various sources before confirming final berth plans.
With diverse and scarce resources leading to a less streamlined process in the past, the port’s primary goal was to achieve optimal berth allocation and improve operational efficiency.
Thiago Manuel dos Santos, operations manager at Porto Itapoá, said: “Among one of the best qualities of Navis BWM is the ability to simulate different scenarios for berth planning before initiating them. This allowed us to avoid any issues, such as overlapping berths, ahead of the problem.”
The tool allows the port to view the movements currently taking place and throughout the entirety of the action plan.
Other unique capabilities that the platform offers include the ability to include tide information, which impacts ship movement, and check the distances between ships to make sure safe transportation is maintained.
Dos Santos added: “The most important aspect of Navis BWM is that all these features are simplified through the platform saving us time so that we don’t have to pull from multiple resources (a time-consuming process).”
Previously, due to use of various operational platforms at Porto Itapoá, berth planning activities had become a lengthy process across many teams.
Information had to be viewed and confirmed across several sources before the berth plan could be implemented.
This was a drawn-out process that became resource and time-intensive, requiring extensive cross-communication with various teams.
The port, which is undertaking a dredging project and a major capacity expansion, expects to handle larger ships in the coming years, and sees the Navis tool as a key component in maintaining terminal efficiency.