Categories: BusinessPublished On: 29.04.2019321 words1.7 min read

More and more shipping companies, terminals and nautical service providers are sharing real time information in the Port of Rotterdam via the digital platform, Pronto. This single point of truth has resulted in significant improvements at the ECT Delta Terminal. The quay is better utilised, vessels arrive correctly at the quay and idle time on departure is reduced. Moreover, the communications exchange between the involved parties is much smoother.


Container shipping company MSC has been working with Pronto for some time and encourages its partners to do this too. “For us, this is the future”, stated Bob den Ouden, Special Projects Manager at MSC and Erwin de Jong, Operations Manager. “Pronto is a diorama in which data from various links in the chain converge real time.

If everyone sees the same data at the same time, there is one truth and you no longer need to have discussions about data. This means that everyone can make quicker decisions and take necessary actions. Pronto uses the functional definitions of the Port Call Optimisation Taskforce.

This increases the quality of the information input. Data owners can deliver their information directly, which removes links in the communications chain. The input is intrinsic to the output, which increases the quality of the information exchange. It is a user-friendly application, available 24/7. That is the strength of this central, digital platform, which is why we think that everyone should participate in it. Coordination can take place earlier in the process and is of higher quality. This makes process more efficient and high-quality.

Timely updates

MSC vessels are mainly handled on the north side of the ECT Delta Terminal. These large container ships must be unloaded, loaded, bunkered and stocked efficiently. Sander de Jong, Consultant Operations at ECT, outlined the challenges associated with this: “Ports are dynamic and continuous production environments in which schedules change continuously.

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