Sabine-Neches waterway users adopt PortVision for improved operations

Posted by Andrea LaVorgna

More than 100 new users attend training in Houston, Beaumont, Texas

April 30, 2007 – Houston, Texas – PortVison today announced the formal launch of its service in support of the major oil refineries and other waterway users in the ports of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, and along the entire Sabine-Neches Waterway.

In doing so, PortVision provides a new level of clarity about current and past vessel and terminal activities within one of the most complex and sensitive waterways in the world.

PortVision provides authorized users with real-time transparency and visibility to all commercial vessels on the waterway. In addition, PortVision automatically logs all waterway activities, such as terminal arrivals and departures, point passing and port arrivals, sending alerts to interested parties by e-mail and cell phone text message. Managers can schedule key resources “just-in-time” by monitoring ship movement and key events remotely - even from their homes - using this new web-based service. PortVision takes existing, federally-mandated, collision avoidance signals provided by virtually all commercial vessels, and employs specialized, proprietary algorithms to interpret the millions of position signals received daily.

As a result, PortVision not only locates ships, but identifies key interactions among ships and between ships, barges and marine terminals. The system uses this information to provide key performance metrics that are the basis for improved efficiency, reduced cost and enhanced safety and security..

PortVision’s capture and presentation of historical information also allows users to recover the facts of past incidents to verify claims for compensation relating to delays in ship unloading (demurrage) or identify vessels in proximity to specific locations. The system’s historic playback feature allows users to visually recreate specific vessel and terminal activity dating back up to five years, and then produce detailed documentation associated with the activity.

Authorized users of the Sabine-Neches Waterway who did not attend the orientation sessions may still gain access to PortVision by contacting 858-586-0933 or visiting

About PortVision
PortVision provides new levels of knowledge and transparency to maritime activities within ports and inland waterways. The tool’s real-time visualization and historical information allow users to get up-to-date visibility of vessel activities and receive alerts when events of their particular interest occur. Historical playback and reporting features offer expanded opportunities to identify best practices and enhance Maritime Domain Awareness as well as better communicate with customers, partners and service providers. For more information, visit

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Posted on Apr 30, 2007 11:37:00 AM