Buzzword of the week: Virtual Tendering

Posted by Bob Kessler

I stumbled upon a 2010 OCIMF paperthat could markedly change the way terminals schedule vessel calls.  The paper addresses the practice of vessels running at full sea speed arriving at the load/discharge port within the laycan, even if the terminal delays will cause the vessel to sit for several days. 

OCIMF sees this as an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions by allowing vessels to tender virtually.  Here is how it works.  The terminal identifies the available berthing time well before the vessel arrives.  The vessel slows to a speed that matches arrival with jetty availability.  The vessel is allowed to virtually arrive based on the time she would normally tender if she had proceed at charter speed.virtual tender resized 600

On the surface this sounds like an elegant solution to several problems.  Of course the devil is in the details.  The charterer and ship operator must ensure the charter terms include wording to make this happen.  There must be an accurate way to predict arrival times that include weather conditions and other external factors.  The terminal must manage scheduling in a manner that accommodates the flexibility necessary for berthing upon arrival.

I see this approach best working at refinery terminals where the decisions about scheduling order are primarily based on feedstock inventory, instead of on a first come first serve approach.

What do YOU think?

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Posted on Jul 22, 2013 5:42:00 PM

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