Early, Actionable Visibility
XVELA’s flagship Collaborative Stowage application allows terminal operators and ocean carriers to work together in real-time on stowage planning and execution activities. With shared, comprehensive stowage information and collaboration tools, XVELA facilitates clear carrier-terminal communication to simplify stowage planning, improve process consistency, and drive more efficient vessel calls.
XVELA’s Collaborative Berth Window Management solution builds upon the stowage application to extend real-time visibility to the berth level. This enhanced visibility, provided by a uniquely collaborative and transparent berth management system, allows both carriers and terminals to make data-driven decisions to reduce the waste of time, fuel, and resources.
With advance, actionable visibility across the entire vessel rotation, stakeholders can improve proactively address variances such as stowage plan deviations, vessel delays, crane breakdown and other unexpected events while improving resource allocation. Customizable notifications ensure users never miss an important event.
XVELA enables carriers and terminals to collaborate on all aspects of stowage planning and execution. By working together in real time, planners can improve the crane split, optimize plans for current terminal conditions including crane breakdowns and other issues, increase opportunities for dual cycling or twin moves, and ensure ships don’t arrive in an unworkable state, such as exceeding maximum crane height or reach.
As a cloud-based tool, XVELA makes it easy for carriers and terminals to access the critical information they need as soon as it’s available, rather than chasing it down via email and phone calls. With all stakeholders working from a single source of shared, accurate, real-time data, all parties can work more efficiently and improve accuracy, consistency and safety.
Through XVELA’s integration with the industry-leading Navis MACS3 loading computer, carrier and terminal planners see same stability, strength, and lashing results as ship’s onboard computer. This minimizes the time needed for plan revisions and increases the likelihood of quick load plan acceptance by the ship’s Chief Mate, reducing the overall port stay.
The XVELA Terminal Library contains vital terminal operational specifications -- including standard data such as air draft, depth, and berth length, along with dynamic information like working cranes, berth occupancy, etc. -- managed directly by the terminal operator to ensure accuracy. This empowers both carriers and terminals to proactively address variances in terminal conditions, from pre-planning through to vessel departure.
The XVELA Ship Library provides authorized users on-demand access to current and accurate ship profiles, including critical configuration, stability and lashing data, provided directly by the ocean carrier. Terminal operators can integrate this data directly into their systems, ensuring all parties work from identical specifications of each ship and reducing operational errors from the use of outdated ship profiles.
XVELA’s Ship Viewer is a shared space for terminal and carrier planners to work together to streamline and synchronize vessel call planning and execution to drive faster turnarounds. The Ship Viewer provides shared visualizations of the ship configuration, container placements and projections, plus real-time crane activity. This actionable visibility, along with complete stowage planning and collaboration tools, allow carriers and terminal operators to collaboratively create, modify and optimize stowage plans.
XVELA’s BI & Analytics module enables users to visualize and analyze operational data and performance metrics. Using the shared, unbiased data in XVELA, carriers and terminals can establish an objective foundation for data-driven partner discussions. Detailed post-call analysis provides consistent measurement of carrier and terminal behavior and the impact on operations to enable iterative improvements.
Building upon the stowage collaboration application, XVELA is developing the next generation of berth window management tools, expanding collaboration and visibility beyond carriers and terminals to include port authorities and nautical service providers like pilots, tugs and linesmen.
As a result of increased pressure to improve supply chain predictability, creating certainty around the berth time of a container ship is one of the main challenges facing the industry today. Currently, many terminals establish their berthing windows according to the long-term schedules (pro-forma) provided by the carriers. However, the reality of day-to-day operations (weather conditions, breakdowns, miscommunication, etc.) forces both parties to renegotiate these berthing windows for almost all ship calls. This negotiation process is largely carried out via phone and email across multiple closed systems, which negatively impacts ocean carriers, terminal operators and related port constituents by creating significant inefficiencies with real operational costs.
Excessive fuel consumption, wasted stevedoring resources, missed pilot schedules, suboptimal berth utilization, missed berth windows—all of these can be attributed to a lack of collaboration and real-time visibility between key stakeholders. By giving carriers, terminals, agents and port authorities visibility into each other’s status, Collaborative Berth Window Management empowers all of these players to optimize their operations.