Even after a successful 18 months of building a stable and efficient World of Ports Portal, Inchcape Shipping Services has a new birth. The latest release, version 2.0, aims at integrating Port Data and ship-to-berth.
According to Jeff Clark, the Vice President of Sales and Product Development, the company’s new development focuses on boosting market intelligence and maintaining a high transparency level with the customers.
Since 2010 when Inchcape was available online, the company has been consistently renowned as the only source of trusted data to consumers across the world’s oil and gas industry.
Clark explains how the company has grown since its establishment in 2007; according to the VP, a customer requesting a dataset to boost their chartering team’s efficiency was the inspiration behind the upgrade of services.
Unlike other port intelligence providers, Inchcape collects its data globally. Besides, the company has experienced data analysts who verify the data from a central position.
While all data analysts have extensive knowledge of practical issues and risks, the team leader is a Marine surveyor; this ensures data accuracy and reliability. Inchcape does not compromise on quality!
Jeff Clark demonstrates how the company has established a close relationship with partners and clients. The trust sets ample ground for data collection hence the direct access to information and quick replies.
Therefore, clients not only benefit from the publications but also in practical use of the data. A cordial relationship means Inchcape strives to be on the same page with the clients.
The vision to be the best in marine assurance space by offering global data in real-time is behind the release of Version 2.0. Currently, World of Ports 2.0 serves 4,600 ports, 36,000 individual berths, and 16,000 terminals worldwide.
Consistent interaction with partners and clients results in variable data daily. In the industry, variety largely influences the strength of data. The rich data store helps Inchcape in carving a roadmap for services that satisfy clients.
In the interest of customers, Clark explains how the new user interface with four modules and improved features enhances competitive advantage.
After the recent release of the Port Data module, Inchcape plans to roll out the Post Cost estimator module and Post Performance module in 12 months. Market intelligence is also part of the follow-up modules.
The vision is to enable the marine assurance and operation community to benchmark voyages, which was impossible in the previous years.It will also make the work of a marine surveyor much easier than before.
Chartering teams are primary beneficiaries of the Port Data module because it helps identify optimal ship-to-berth compatibility by automating data on port parameters and vessel data restrictions.
According to the VP of Inchcape, predicting cargo operations is the secret to offering trusted data. The shipping agent is now striving towards offering global for berths, terminals, and ports across the world.
Among the new features on the user interface is a none-stop search function. The filters allow users to input vessel IMO number, vessel size, and name. Additionally, users can select a port or country they prefer then retrieve the customized data.
Integration of AIS data and third-party vessel database saves time for chartering teams. Growing companies that run their operations manually reap tremendous benefits from the online service. For instance, instead of spending time on updating information, the teams focus on unlocking business advantage.
Besides tracking 50,000 vessels worldwide, Inchcape shipping services offers geo-fencing and geocoding features on all berths, ports, and terminals.
The online service also allows clients to determine cargo type, the quantity of cargo, and distinguish whether a vessel is in ballast or laden. A record of all details of a ship enhances transparency for clients.
Customization of Port Data entails congestion alerts to show the location of ships. Additionally, the clients will receive alerts for arrivals and departures at berth. The best part is the timestamps are not limited to arrivals and departures; all system data has active alerts.
With this data, clients can set up geofencing at their will. They also use data status to report or verify with authorities when necessary. While vessel surveillance is not new, Version 2.0 is on open source, thus free access.
World of Ports 2.0 consistently shares and updates users on documentation and regulations. Such information is crucial for uncertain times, like the hiccups that came with COVID-19.