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 the effects of weather conditions and determine the 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.
Get Your Bearings
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.
Documentation and 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.
Manage Your Preferences
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.
How it does this
Facilitated Voyage Planning
Access all the information needed to plan seamless voyages between ports, including details needed for arrival and departure.
Always Up To Date
OneOcean’s database is kept current with the last changes to port data. Stay up to date by favouriting commonly visited ports, terminals and berths, to automatically receive updates.
At a glance, discover a range of useful port data needed to plan operations, prepare for cargo intake or discharge and adhere to arrival procedures. Categories of information are consolidated on one screen, avoiding consulting disparate sources.
Port diagrams facilitate smoother port visits, allowing crew to understand the layout of facilities before entering them.
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