'Just in Time' sailing was announced by the Port of Rotterdam in 2018. If seagoing vessels knew more about processing and waiting times at port, they could adjust their planning and their travel speed. Artificial intelligence is helping the system Pronto to make accurate predictions.
Hundreds of thousands of tons of Co2 emissions and significant air pollution can be avoided. Substantial savings in fuel can be made.
First results showed that waiting times for vessels were reduced by 20%.
It is true that container shipping is simpler and easier to predict than bulk shipping (for example grain). But it is also true that the complex nature of bulk shipping offers even more opportunities for even larger cuts in processing and waiting times.
With proper management systems in place, there is no need to expand industrial anchorages of the Port Vancouver into the protected Gulf Islands.
The goal of the Port of Rotterdam is that transport and logistical sectors could operate virtually CO2 emission-free by 2050. The first advice of experts was to become more efficient.
The Port of Vancouver wants to be the world's greenest port. Not only does the port need to become more efficient and use smart technology.
The port also needs to realize that they can avoid sending bulk freighters and industrial pollution into protected areas such as the Gulf Islands - and they need to stop doing it.