The videos showing demonstrations of two scenarios from the DataPorts Project use cases are now available.
Port of Valencia
In the container transport operations, a complete management of the lifecycle of container weight is needed to comply with the Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) from International Maritime Organization (IMO). It is a requirement before loading a full container on a vessel for export and the shipper is responsible for obtaining the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of a full container and communicating it to the shipping company with a VGM certificate.
In the Port of Valencia, the DataPorts platform offers an automated and effective solution to allow containers to arrive at the port with the VGM, thus reducing last minute incidents or delays at container terminals or the appearance of congestion situations. The solution provides more added value than other existing solutions by sharing verifiable and immutable information through the entire chain to all concerned business participants. The VGM Blockchain implementation serves as a single source of truth, assuring that the weight cannot be altered at any point in the process and providing transparency and non-repudiation.
Port of Thessaloniki
Container loading and discharge is a core port activity for the port of Thessaloniki. Currently, for the Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA) to release a container from its premises, all relevant paperwork must be in place (customs clearance, invoicing, etc); however, sometimes it requires the physical presence of the respective shipping agent in ThPA premises for the issuing or filling in of relevant documentation. After evaluation, ThPA then notifies only the related shipping agent, and they in turn contact the trucking company to pick it up, without further THPA involvement. Through the DataPorts solution for the Container Pick-Up use case, a new environment is set up where the entire lifecycle of the container release/pick-up can be followed by all three involved parties.
In addition, the Thessaloniki Port Authority will be taking advantage of the Data Analytics solutions enabled by the DataPorts Platform. As soon as an analytics solution asks the platform for an input dataset, the relevant source dataset is fed into the DataPorts platform through the Data Access component, with the use of an agent. Following, the Semantic Interoperability component checks with Data Governance whether there are sufficient access rights on this dataset. If so, the dataset is forwarded to the data analytics solution.
ThPA collects operational data from several internal applications, in this case, the Terminal Operating System, the Truck Appointment System, and the Gate Access System. Through the DataPorts platform, these data can be combined to produce statistics while metrics and KPIs, calculated via the platform can provide valuable insight of operations performance to the Terminal Operator. The Terminal Operator can then decide on any corrective measures, if necessary.