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Hamburg Port


The Covid-19 pandemic is increasingly affecting the cargo trade volumes, forcing shipping companies to adapt their service lines constantly. As a result, vessel shipping routes are being frequently changed. Cargo volumes have aggregated, and container vessels are being taken out of operation. How can the cargo terminal operators react to the temporary reduction in cargo terminal throughput volumes and reduced number of vessel calls? How do they reduce operating cost while retaining required flexibility to quickly adapt to new situations?

During discussions with our customers and partners, one measure came up repeatedly - temporarily taking quay cranes out of operation. This measure, firstly, reduces running cost of the quay cranes directly. Secondly, it enables the terminal operator to ascertain other follow-up measures, such as taking other equipment out of operation (RTG, AGV; trucks), reassigning work force or closing whole berths.

Even in exceptional situations such as the Corona crisis, we bring running projects forward. HPC was commissioned to develop a standardised customs process for the import of consolidated air freight for Frankfurt / Main Airport and to organise workshops with the stakeholders involved. Based on the customs process, standardised interfaces for the necessary data exchange will be derived.

Since the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving, we would like to keep you updated about how we at HPC make sure to provide our services and support to keep your operations running.

Digitalisation and integration along the supply chain and between stakeholders are amongst the decisive trends driving innovation in logistics. Real-time information and excellent service quality towards clients as well as high operational transparency and flexibility are success factors to stay ahead of the competition as a port, logistics hub and terminal.

HVCC, Wärtsilä and Carnival achieve real-time data exchange between ship and port

19th February 2020

Reliable ship arrivals, more efficient ship handling and port logistics, as well as reduced fuel consumption and emissions – these are the aims of a joint digitalisation project between HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center, maritime technology company Wärtsilä and cruise group Carnival. The details were presented for the very first time at the Smart Ports Summit in London.

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