Saab awarded a contract to boost Port of Melbourne’s productivity
Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd (PoM) has awarded Saab a contract for a web-based data management and billing system for the streamlined handling of wharfage charges, channel fees and other ship-related charges. Technology will include standard modules from Saab’s PortControl Port Management Information System (PMIS). PortControl will help boost productivity at PoM through the inclusion or automatic reconciliation of manifests/stevedore records and its advanced billing engine.
A challenge that ports face globally is the frequent discrepancy between cargo manifests sent by ship’s agents and the final tally from stevedores or terminals. Port finance teams can spend much of their working day deciphering and resolving inconsistent abbreviations as well as accounting for items that are declared separately or lumped together when they should not be. PortControl uses Human Assisted Machine Learning to automatically resolve these cases much faster..
“We expect that our solution will significantly reduce the effort for Port of Melbourne staff to maintain consistent records and to do accurate billing,” says Tomas Hjelmberg, Head of Maritime Traffic Management at Saab.
The Port of Melbourne is the operations manager of Australia’s largest container and general cargo port. Ranked in the top fifty ports in the world, the Port of Melbourne is Australia’s international trading gateway for over forty shipping lines providing access to over 300 international markets. It is a vital trading gateway for South Eastern Australia, facilitating more than one-third of the nation’s container trade.