HAMBURG, Ger.–PRISE, the Port River Information System Elbe, will soon be officially launched following a one-year trial. The new IT platform will bring together all information on ship arrivals and departures from all of the parties involved in the handling process, wherther terminals, pilots, shipping companies/brokers, tugs and mooring people as well as the Harbour Master Authority, said a release.
At the Port of Hamburg and on the Elbe river, an increasing number of ever-larger ships require handling within narrow time frames. A more rapid flow of information between all of the involved parties “is essential in order to cope with the growing level of complexity for planning and execution. PRISE will improve plannability of proceeding up the estuary of the river Elbe as well as of shipping movements at the port and thus accelerate the flow of traffic,” the release said.
The development of PRISE was coordinated by the Hamburg software firm and port community system DAKOSY together with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), EUROGATE, the Elbe Pilots Association, the Port of Hamburg Pilots Association and Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).
The platform was initiated and financed by the two terminal operators, HHLA and EUROGATE.
“Everyone involved benefits from the transparent flow of information. PRISE provides greater efficiency for our management of the sequencing and arrival of container mega-ships. Our customers and also the port as a whole benefit from this,” says Heinrich Goller, Managing Director of HHLA Container Terminals, underlining HHLA’s commitment to the new platform.
Peter Zielinski, Managing Director of EUROGATE’s Container Terminal Hamburg also praises PRISE: “This central information platform enables us to plan ahead further into the future, react more rapidly to changes at short notice and make more efficient use of our resources.”
Frank Horch,Hamburg’s Senator for Economy, said: “The Port of Hamburg is dependent on innovative IT systems such as PRISE if it is to maintain and consolidate its competitive position as a global port. PRISE improves the flow of traffic at the port and on the river Elbe and will enable faster and smoother handling of ships,particularly container mega-ships.”