According to PortX's statement, OptiPort has been already used by many ports and allegedly improves the scheduling of harbour towage operations by using artificial intelligence to optimize vessel dispatch based on crew working hours, currents, tides, vessel characteristics, fuel consumption, and availability.
Moreover, depending on each port, pilot studies presented that OptiPort has resulted to savings of more than US$1 million annually per port; This is achieved by reducing fuel consumption and crew overtime, while also optimizing vessel dispatch to reduce chartering of third-party tugs. The company noted that these factors allow for savings of up to $200,000 per tug on a yearly basis.
OptiPort enables each port to optimize its schedules every three minutes, providing the most optimal and cost-effective dispatch schedules for any harbor or fleet.
Therefore, Helm Operations are to use OptiPort, enabling its users to receive automated suggestions concerning towing vessels, departure time and running speed. Consequently, the port will have the opportunity to simplify its management process, reduce fuel costs and overtime costs.
Vincent van Os, managing director of PortX reported that
Helm Operations is the world leader in harbor dispatch and billing software. By combining our OptiPort Dynamic Port Asset Optimization software with Helm CONNECT, we can help dispatchers and harbor operators around the world make better decisions on the use of their fleet.