Haina International Terminals (HIT) has implemented XVELA’s collaborative berth tool application.
HIT is a multi-purpose terminal with 15 different berths for containers, break bulk and other cargo at the Port of Rio Haina in the Dominican Republic . The terminal has implemented XVELA’s Collaborative Berth Window Management application, which allows real-time collaboration between the terminal and the carrier and local agencies to improve berth management.
With XVELA’s collaborative berth tool application HIT aims to improve the difficult process of managing berth allocation based on pro-forma arrival schedules from carriers. As XVELA says, “the reality of daily business (e.g. weather conditions, breakdowns, operational issues and lack of visibility) forces both parties to change these berthing prospects for almost all ship calls”.
“Traditionally, berth changes have been processed via emails and phone calls across multiple closed systems. This creates significant inefficiencies with real operational costs due to excessive fuel consumption, wasted stevedoring resources, missed pilot schedules, suboptimal berth utilisation, or missed berth prospects on arrival or departure, creating even further operational costs downstream. Ultimately this can all be attributed to lack of collaboration and real-time visibility between the key stakeholders.
“XVELA’s collaborative berth tool application addresses these issues for HIT by giving carriers, terminals, agents and port authorities visibility into each other’s status, enabling all players to optimize their operations,” XVELA explained.
“With XVELA we will be able to allocate the resources to operate all the vessels in an efficient environment to boost both productivity and revenue,” said Armando Rivas, VP of Operations at HIT. “XVELA’s collaborative berth tool application will help us deliver forward in time to local agents and line carriers whether we can receive vessels at a specific date and time and give them options as to when will be better for them to arrive to avoid delays and costs. We will be able to better allocate and plan for resources at the terminal to maximize our assets and investments.”
Berth management at a terminal with 15 berths is a difficult art, but XVELA is designed to improve the process by basing decisions on real time data and estimated time of arrival (ETA) values to create what XVELA calls “validated berth prospects”. This process also incorporates real time terminal data from berth operations to validate future berth allocation decisions.
“Real-time incremental move count information complementing pro-forma counts with downstream terminal arrival conditions, carrier stowage instructions and terminal plans improves the collaboration required for optimal berth prospects. Connectivity with the TOS makes it possible to know in real time any variations in the estimated times of completion for operations, enabling collaborative decision-making in the event of overlaps with future operations or required adjustments to meet specific deadlines,” XVELA concluded.