Ports and Terminals

This industry is becoming more and more competitive. While draft and equipment capacity are key in driving the carriers’ decision when choosing a port, operational excellence is becoming the main differentiator in their choice.

The problems we solve

DecisionBrain has strong expertise in the port and terminal logistics and offers innovative optimization and decision support systems tailored to specific problems encountered in this industry.

These solutions are usually part of strategic initiatives led by senior management in Operations and address various specific issues such as:

Determine the optimal assignment of all vessels to sections of the quay wall taking into account the vessel lengths and service times. The Daily Berth Planning is the most critical planning step as actual berths with wharf starting/ending positions, berthing start time and end time need to be assigned to the different vessels based on more accurate ETA/ ETD, throughput and stowage plan.

Planning container stacking to minimize congestion and reshuffling of offloading/mounting operations, in order to maximize efficiency of container moves and to maximize yard utilization.

Determine the optimal stowage positions on the vessel for all containers that are loaded during the journey of a vessel. Reduce transshipment time.

Determine the optimal container load and unload sequence to and from a ship. Reduce yard clash, transshipment time and reshuffling. The objective is to generate the Quay Crane Operating Patterns across multiple vessels that are discharging / loading at the same time at the terminal.

Determine the optimal vehicle assignment and the sequencing of transport jobs. Reduce vehicle congestion, reduce QC-waiting time.

The benefits

After the implementation of our optimization and decision support systems, our customers are able to improve various throughput, productivity, utilization and services metrics such as:

  • Turnaround Time
  • Moves per Hours
  • Berth Productivity and Berth Utilization
  • Waiting time and Berth on Arrival
  • Average Stack to Berth Distance
  • Yard Utilization and Yard Density Balance
  • Yard Clash
  • Container Reshuffle

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