Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
Shipping lines are striving for ever greater savings in fuel consumption; a development that has led to a slowing down of the supply chain and the incorporation of ‘slow steaming’ into maritime supply chain models.
The net result of slow steaming is a need to ‘recapture’ lost time at port, and as such, the attention of shipping lines and ship owners has moved into process improvement. The need to optimise the berthing process is fast becoming a ‘megatrend’; a valuable piece of the pie that is being examined more thoroughly than ever.
Based on its initial research, the Global Institute of Logistics has determined that there is little in the way of IT best practice to support this. Port Authorities are trying to accomplish these efficiencies using standard tools like spreadsheet software; a process that falls short of the industry’s increasingly complex demands. Looking across the verticals, however, the Institute has determined that a ‘best of breed’ model exists in the Oil/Gas/Bulk materials sector; a model it believes is transferable into cargo logistics.
Decision support specialists Cirrus Logistics have been invited to join the Institute and share their experience across its network. Cirrus Logistics has extensive experience working with Ports and marine terminals. While their ‘SEABERTH’ software, an operational berth scheduling tool incorporating tactical / strategic simulation capabilities, is principally used in the Oil/Gas/Bulk materials sectors, the Institute believes that this best practice demonstrates all the hallmarks of offering a solution capable of being tailored to a myriad of port berthing requirements and cargo handling operations.
While much feedback the Institute has received to date on berthing is anecdotal, its work with Cirrus Logistics will help determine optimal governance models, what can be learnt from the process, and how this data can be developed into best practice procedures. Through its research, the Institute expects to be able to establish, for the first time, a financial cost model for berthing operations.
The Institute and Cirrus Logistics plan to publish the results of their work as a whitepaper, which will try to examine the key performance indicators on mooring, piloting, towage, and all the areas that comprise modern berthing operations.
ABOUT GLOBAL INSTITUTE OF LOGISTICS
Established in New York in 2003, the Global Institute of Logistics (GIL) is the Membership Organization for Global Port Communities. Members combine to form a Global Network through which Knowledge is Shared, Best Practice is Adopted and Trade Developed.
Our Mission is to ‘Improve Global Logistics One Port at a Time’.
ABOUT CIRRUS LOGISTICS
Cirrus Logistics is a highly innovative leader in the application of simulation techniques and has acquired an enviable record of applying advanced simulation and optimization methods to provide decision support tools across a broad spectrum of applications and industry types, including maritime logistics, oil, retail, food, pharmaceutical, chemical and air sectors. Drawing on this rich pool of experience and the skill and motivation of the team, Cirrus Logistics continues to set the standard in the application of simulation and optimization technology.
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Global Institute of Logistics
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