The Common Pitfalls of Port Calls


Ports, terminals and harbours play a key role in the shipment of commodities around the globe. Each year, billions of dollars’ worth of goods are transported by sea in a vast network of trade that powers the global economy as we know it.

Port Conditions

Conditions, including tides and currents also greatly affect vessel manoeuvrability. Large vessels can be tricky to steer for even the most experienced seafarer. Planning an efficient port approach that takes local hazards, coordinates and weather patterns into account, is the best way to minimize risk of collisions and accidents in potentially shallow and congested waters.

The Bottom Line

With access to high quality, up to date port data, mariners can better plan for smoother, more efficient port calls. They can identify the unique pre-arrival procedures required by each port authority or operator and ensure that vessel and crews alike are ready to enter ports. They can determine details on fuel availability, waste and slops disposal, dry dock, and repair services at a port to better plan operational events. They can understand the port or facility’s cargo handling procedures and which services and facilities are available to better determine schedules and plan for maintenance activities.

OneOcean possesses market-leading knowledge on ports and terminals, coupled with excellent communications with port authorities, agents and operators built over decades. This is the foundation that enables us to provide the maritime industry with unrivalled port information products and services, in a format that can suit a diverse range of requirements. Our team of experts work continual to source and verify the latest port information to keep our digital datasets up to date.

OneOcean port data is available digitally through an API integration to provide a live feed into customers own systems; and online through Get in touch with us to find out more about how your organisation can benefit!

19 June 2021