Providing vital information mariners need to ensure seamless port entries and departures.

The Challenges

Mariners are often tasked with making voyages to new and unfamiliar ports around the world. Each of these facilities is run differently, controlled by a different governing body and adheres to a range of unique procedures, systems and regulations.

It can be time-consuming to locate all the information required about a given port destination in the voyage planning process, but it’s an important task nonetheless. Even the most experienced seafarers will not know the layouts of all ports they come across, nor the types of cargo processed or facilities available to crews and vessels.

Before docking, a captain will need to know where their vessel will be able to berth to load and unload cargo as this will determine their direction of approach.

Without access to port layouts and terminal and berth specific data, it can be hard to know how to enter a port, understand effect of weather conditions and the determine safest way to commandeer a vessel through potentially congested and shallow waters.

Furthermore, many ports have unique regulations and require specific documents before they allow entry. Without knowing the unique conventions of a port, mariners may arrive at their destination without the proper authorization to unload cargo or disembark from their vessel. Worse, unawareness can have financial ramifications, as time wasted is costly and, depending on the unwitting offense, ship managers may have to pay fines or penalties to enter a port without following the necessary steps or presenting the correct documentation.


Understand where a vessel can and cannot go

OneOcean Ports details how many terminals and berths a port has, and shows vessel parameter limits, cargo accepted and services available at each terminal and berth.


Access port documentation and understand procedures

Don’t get caught unaware of what documents you will need to present to enter a port. With access to port documents, ensure that all relevant documentation is downloaded and filled in ahead of time. Additionally, determine if a port employs specific docking procedures such as dry docking, or night pilotage is prohibited.


Receive terminal and berth-specific information

Set preferred terminals and berths to automatically receive continuous updates on your most frequent destinations. Doing so will ensure that you are always working with the most up to date information on the vessel accommodations, services and cargo handled at each berth.

What this enables

Expedited Arrival Procedures

Ensure that bridge teams have the documents and information they need to dock without delay or financial penalties.

Contingency Planning

Learn where ports are located along a vessel’s journey, so that in the event of an emergency, vessels can quickly find safe harbour.


Determine the safest ways to enter a port and minimize unnecessary manoeuvring.

How it does this

Port documentation

Access to downloadable and printable port documents means bridge crews can prepare to be received by port authorities.

Large database of port information

With access to information on thousands of ports around the world, you can be sure to find information on ports are located on or near a route. The database includes information on the vessels accepted and facilities and services available.

Berth Specific Data

Understand acceptable vessel parameters for specific terminals and berths so as to plan to safely navigate through a port to specific berths.

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