As I was considering what the topic of this week’s blog post would be, I ran across this article on electronic invoicing from our friends at The Maritime Executive.
The enthusiasm (and sometimes, mandate) for electronic invoicing is growing in the maritime industry, particularly as it pertains to post-fixture activities and freight and pass-through services provided by inland operators. Over the last several years, PortVision has worked hard to facilitate e-procurement and to streamline the invoicing process by incorporating the use of AIS data into the process. There are a number of ways that AIS data can be incorporated into an e-invoice strategy. One common approach is to use historical AIS position messages to automatically calculate and report arrivals, departures, passings, and transit times and distances. While AIS may not be able to rise to the legal standard of arrival used in statement-of-facts (SOF) calculations, AIS-based reporting provides details of when a vessel physically arrives or departs a berth, which typically provides a close approximation to the “first-line” or “vessel cleared” activities that appear on the statement of facts.
In addition to supporting the transit or “freight” portion of the invoicing process, PortVision has helped customers use AIS-based analysis to calculate federal waterway tax reporting and automate the invoicing of pass-through tariffs associated with state transits, port tariffs, and other fees that can be derived from evaluating the movement of a vessel over time.
Want to learn more? Contact us and we would be happy to explore how best to use AIS and related technology to support your specific needs.
In future blog posts, I will share other novel uses of AIS data to support shore-side business processes. If you have a topic for this column that you would like to share, please feel free to send it to email@example.com.
Stay safe and keep on innovating…