Wärtsilä has partnered with Tanger Med, the largest Mediterranean and African container port, to take a new step forward in global port efficiency by co-developing a new cutting-edge Port Management Information System (PMIS). Both organisations sealed their long-term commitment to co-develop modern Smart Port tools for port operations and digitalization – including implementing Just-In-Time (JIT) solutions, machine learning and AI as well as other innovative solutions. This partnership positions Tanger Med and Wärtsilä as champions of the Smart Marine Ecosystem, whereby data exchange will improve operational efficiency, port safety, and environmental sustainability in shipping, including reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.
Port call optimization
The new PMIS aims at addressing the needs of the leading maritime liners and alliances calling at Tanger Med Port Complex, to optimise their vessel calls and to use standardised master and event data.
Tanger Med is strongly committed in the International Taskforce PCO (Port Call Optimization), which is bringing together several international ports including Port of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and Los Angeles to harmonise and optimise procedures for the management of maritime calls.
The joint initiative includes the delivery and installation of a Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour VTS System comprising PortLink Port Management Information System, IALA Advanced Coastal Surveillance Radars, VHF Radio Sub-System, Automatic Identification System, Operator Workstation, Network Systems, Ancillary Equipment and a five-year service and support contract.
Leading Smart Port development
Currently, Tanger Med is fully engaged in port digitalization through different initiatives and projects. It has armed itself with the most advanced technology through developing its own Port Community System, which offers a range of services including port call optimization, Vessel Traffic Services, slot reservation system, call priorities management, pilot dispatch solution, traceability as well as many other digital services serving the logistics competitiveness of its operators.
Development model for port efficiency in Africa
The deployment of this new PMIS will enable Tanger Med, as an Africa-wide development model to duplicate this innovative system, through the initiatives carried out with other African port authorities, to implement it according to their needs and specificities.