- About us
- IBJ Awards
- Free Sample
- Contact us
PortX and Helm team up
(Posted on 27/06/19)
PortX (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Helm Operations (Victoria, BC, Canada) have announced that they have signed a new strategic partnership agreement to combine PortX’s cutting-edge AI-based port dispatching system, OptiPort, with Helm CONNECT, the world’s leading harbour dispatching and operations software.
Already used in a number of ports around the globe, OptiPort dramatically improves the scheduling of harbor towage operations by using artificial intelligence to optimize vessel dispatch based on crew working hours, currents, tides, vessel characteristics, fuel consumption and availability. Until now, it has been difficult for companies to manually calculate and account for these factors in a live environment. By using AI, OptiPort is able to dynamically optimize harbor schedules every three minutes, resulting in the most optimal and cost-effective dispatch schedules for any harbour or fleet.
Depending on the port, pilot studies using OptiPort have shown savings of greater than US$1 million annually per port by reducing fuel consumption and crew overtime while optimizing vessel dispatch to reduce chartering of third-party tugs. Together, these factors allow for savings of up to US$200,000 per tug on a yearly basis.
As part of the agreement, Helm Operations will incorporate OptiPort to provide a new advanced version of its Helm CONNECT platform, which provides vessel dispatch and operations software for many of the world’s largest harbor docking fleets. Using Helm CONNECT Jobs, powered by OptiPort’s AI engine, users will receive automated suggestions on the best towing vessel, departure time and running speed based on the current schedule. This simplifies the dispatch management process, greatly reducing fuel and overtime costs while ensuring optimal schedules for harbor operators.
Vincent van Os, managing director of PortX: “Helm Operations is the world leader in harbour dispatch and billing software. By combining our OptiPort Dynamic Port Asset Optimization software with Helm CONNECT, we can help dispatchers and harbor operators around the world make better decisions on the use of their fleet. With the integration work that we have done with Helm, implementation of OptiPort can be achieved extremely quickly without adding additional hardware on the vessels or in the dispatch control room. This leads to real cost savings that can improve operators’ bottom lines almost immediately upon implementation.”
Ron deBruyne, CEO of Helm Operations: “We’ve been incredibly impressed by the cost savings offered by OptiPort. We’ve seen the benefits of AI-driven technology first-hand and believe that this is a major step forward for the industry. Our team has helped implement advanced dispatching systems for many of the world’s leading harbor docking companies, and we’re eager to enable our customers to successfully realize the cost savings that OptiPort can provide. From initial planning to long-term success, we’re ready to help our customers achieve more.”
Guinea’s Winning Logistics bolsters bauxite fleet with Konecranes barge cranes(Posted on 31/03/23)
Konecranes has won an order for two Konecranes Gottwald Cranes on Barge from Winning Logistics in Guinea... Read more
Wärtsilä’s world-first derating solution for two-stroke engines(Posted on 31/03/23)
Technology group Wärtsilä has introduced a new radical derating retrofit solution –... Read more
Zanzinger: shipping not capitalising on digitalisation opportunities(Posted on 31/03/23)
Thomas Zanzinger, CEO of Ocean Technologies Group (OTG), outlined why he thought many maritime businesses... Read more
DNV upgrades AFI platform to promote data-sharing and zero-carbon transition(Posted on 28/03/23)
DNV has enhanced its Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) data platform as part of an effort to accelerate... Read more
East African cement operator orders Siwertell road-mobile ship unloader(Posted on 24/03/23)
Bruks Siwertell has secured an order for a next-generation Siwertell road-mobile ship unloader, which... Read more
Thordon Bearings delivers support to wind power-in-a-box technology(Posted on 20/03/23)
Thordon Bearings is supplying its grease-free, self-lubricating ThorPlas-Blue bearing material to a... Read more
New Chairman and CEO for BIO-UV Group(Posted on 20/03/23)
French water treatment specialist BIO-UV Group has appointed Laurent-Emmanuel Migeon as its new Chairman... Read more
Anglo-Eastern enhances fleet performance with Wärtsilä’s CII tool(Posted on 07/03/23)
With Wärtsilä’s CII Dashboard, Anglo-Eastern is now able to make better informed decisions... Read more
Siwertell ship unloaders for new Chinese power station(Posted on 07/03/23)
Bruks Siwertell has completed the commissioning of two large-scale Siwertell ST 790-D-type ship unloaders... Read more
Green Ray project to minimise methane slip from LNG-fuelled engines(Posted on 28/02/23)
A consortium including technology group Wärtsilä has secured European Union funding to develop... Read more