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Tech Talk | Ports and AI 2022 SHIPPING & PORT ANNUAL

AI & Sustainability in Malaysia

By David Yeo, Group CEO, Innovez One he Malaysian Port of Tanjung all pieces fall into place to support ships’ gives ports the agility needed to respond

Pelepas is taking the next step arrivals and departures. Unlike manual to problems or delays elsewhere in the on its digitalization journey, planning, the digital system is able to in- supply chain, which is key to minimiz-

T tackling congestion and boost- stantly reallocate resources if a vessel’s ing the amount of time that vessels spend ing sustainability with a port informa- estimated time of arrival changes, limit- queueing outside ports with engines on. tion management system (PMIS) pow- ing waiting times and making the port Moreover, by automatically capturing ered by arti? cial intelligence (AI). less vulnerable to congestion. It also in- data on each job, from the initial request

The Port of Tanjung Pelepas will de- cludes a live map where port managers to billing, MarineM supports transpar- ploy Innovez One’s MarineM solution can view the movement of each vessel. ency and minimizes the risk of errors or to optimize tug and pilot operations, disputes. aiming to minimize delays in the ? rst The granular data on operations also

The Power of AI and last mile of its logistics chains, AI-powered algorithms can solve helps ports and service providers detect while reducing emissions, too. Innovez complex puzzles and calculate optimal any irregularities more easily, thereby

One has already provided port man- resource allocation while taking into ac- preventing misuse of assets such as the agement information systems to major count a myriad of constraints affecting illegal use of water or fuel theft.

global players, including the Port of pilots, tug boats and pilot logistics, in-

Tanjung Priok in Indonesia where Mari- cluding the need to assign pilots to spe-

Ready for the Digital Era neM reduced the overall distance trav- ci? c vessel types and sizes depending Ports around the world are at very dif- elled during tug and pilot operations by on their license, the types and number ferent stages in terms of digitalization, 20%, cutting emissions from these ? eets of tugboats required for each job, and with many still relying on paper and and saving $155,000 in fuel costs annu- transfer times from land to pilot board- whiteboards for fundamental operations ally. The solution has also reduced the ing grounds. such as the management of their tug average waiting time for visiting ships Ports have diverse conditions, both and pilotage services. Even those that from 2.4 hours to 30.6 minutes, cutting environmentally and operationally, do have digital solutions in place often emissions further. that make them all different from each work with fragmented or legacy systems other. One of the key advantages of AI- that require a lot of human intervention powered algorithms is that they can be and result in a lot of inef? ciency.

Functional Support

MarineM will provide the Port of Tan- trained to learn from a port’s speci? c Many don’t have a smart Port Man- jung Pelepas with an interface where marine operations and create optimal agement Information System, and as a agents can register their vessels and order solutions that are unique for each port. whole the ports sector is yet to make services to support arrivals, such as sup- This level of accuracy helps ensure ev- the most of AI. Of the 4,900 ports in the plies, logistics and marine services. Mari- erything is in place to welcome ships world, we estimate that 80% still man- neM will also enable agents to monitor exactly when they arrive – and this im- age operations through spreadsheets and the status of their orders in real time and proved ef? ciency is key to helping visit- whiteboards, which inevitably leads to will automate the billing process. ing ships cut their own emissions. inef? ciencies that in? ate fuel consump-

Using algorithms powered by AI and Digitalization helps eliminate prob- tion and emissions, and get in the way of machine learning, MarineM’s planning lems such as frequent order amendments achieving commercial objectives, mak- module automatically manages sched- for pilots, tugs and pilot boards, inaccu- ing any kind of investment in climate ules and dispatch resources – assigning rate job entries and inef? cient schedul- resilience or emissions reduction harder pilots and tug boats to their jobs and ing, which can drive down the productiv- to justify. handling the logistics required to trans- ity of ports of any size. AI algorithms are Meanwhile, ports who embrace digi- port pilots to boarding grounds. able to adapt to any changes in vessels’ talization today do not only improve ef-

This technological milestone is de- estimated arrival times, updating sched- ? ciency and carbon footprint – they also signed to unlock new ef? ciencies at the ules and reallocating resources at a speed build the foundations of their long-term

Port of Tanjung Pelepas and ensure that unmatched by manual systems. This sustainability ambitions.

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