AI-powered port system accelerates digitalization

The Port of Cork Company (PoCC) has entered an agreement with Innovez One, a provider of port management systems

This will accelerate the digitalization of its port calls and operations. Under the agreement, Innovez One will provide its flagship software, marineM, to fully digitize and optimize crucial marine services for vessels arriving and departing Ireland’s second-largest port.

Grant Ingram, CEO of Innovez One for the UK and Europe, said: “Digitalization is an essential foundation that enables ports to tackle the most pressing challenges they face today, from persisting congestion to the need to reduce their emissions. Smart ports will also be best placed to position themselves in the greener supply chains of tomorrow, supporting decarbonization in shipping and beyond.”

MarineM will automate and improve the scheduling of port, tug, and pilotage services, which are crucial for efficient operations. Using algorithms powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, marineM’s planning module will manage schedules and dispatch resources – assigning pilots and tugboats to jobs in the most efficient way, and reallocating resources seamlessly if a vessel’s ETA changes.

This latest step in the PoCC’s digital journey will boost the efficiency of service fleets, eliminate unnecessary journeys and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also assist the port in enhancing berth management, and agents will be able to register their vessels, order services, and track the progress of each job from an online portal. Furthermore, the system will automate the billing process, thereby boosting transparency and accuracy, and helping to eliminate billing issues, delays and disputes.