Push barges have an active role in the port of Amsterdam, sometimes leading to the need of space that has to be compromised; Thus, the port developed the “Poseidon” platform that helps interested parties digitally map the presence of the barges in the area.
Specifically, the barges might take up around 100,000 m2 of water surface. Therefore, the platform reports automatically the inland port dues, also to make the current berth occupation transparent, saving time and money.
Accordingly, the platform will be available to use by a specific number of barge operators in January; Yet, if Poseidon meets all the criteria, it will be available in 2020 for all barge operators who have equipped their push barges with a tracker.
Rob Smit, Manager of the hinterland at Port of Amsterdam stated
Poseidon has advantages for both barge operators and for us. Push barges with trackers can from now on be settled according to residence time. And it no longer has to be specified manually.
Thus, he added that with the platform they are able to use the capacity ideally and indicate to customers what the available barge places are.
The platform’s open nature has been consciously chosen. In that way, the ones using the platform will have the ability to choose trackers that meet their and the port’s requirements.