Port Houston adopts data-sharing software to battle slow, manual vessel arrival process

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Port Houston has adopted a data-sharing platform provided by container terminal technology company Portchain. This platform enables the port to digitally coordinate vessel arrival times with its ocean carrier customers. The system, known as Portchain Connect, streamlines the process of arranging vessel calls by facilitating automated data exchange and digital collaboration. The goal is to enhance efficiency, improve berth scheduling, and reduce errors in the coordination process. Portchain Connect has gained traction globally, with 76 terminals already utilizing it, accounting for about 4% of all global port calls. The system aligns with efforts to achieve just-in-time vessel arrivals, which can help meet environmental regulations and reduce fuel.

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