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Marine Terminal Optimization

Introducing Körber’s cloud-based scheduling application for ports and terminals. Our marine terminal system uses a unique scheduling algorithm that optimizes vessel calls by increasing productivity and the utilization of infrastructure and resources.

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Körber Marine Terminal Optimization

Enable all stakeholders to optimize vessel calls

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Challenges for ports and terminals

Scheduling vessels into and out of terminals is highly complex and presents major challenges:

  • Levy charges for waiting vessels (demurrage) can run into millions of dollars for shipping companies.
  • Shipping schedules are subject to continual disruption, due to frequently changing ETA forecasts.
  • Planning processes need to take into account many factors, including infrastructure availability, manpower, tide and maritime safety rules.

Better forecasting optimizes efficiency and reduces cost

Develop a commercial edge with Körber’s leading berth scheduling and simulation application, used by terminals and ports all around the world.

Our marine terminal application uses a proven algorithm to help you forecast arrival and departure times more accurately, increase profit and berthing efficiency, and dramatically reduce costs.

The day-to-day issues a marine terminal faces can be anything from weather to shipping and port authority constraints, volume of traffic and shortage of pilots, etc. All these things must be considered when you’re scheduling shipping.

Julian Brown,
Consultant, Port Plus Operations Consultancy

Key benefits of our marine optimization solution

Manage multiple challenges

With our unique algorithm, you can manage challenges, such as tide, vessel size, pilots, inventory, traffic and so forth, to improve the passage of ships.

Improve vessel tracking

You’ll have accurate information on vessel positioning and ETAs, plus the ability to monitor each stage of the call – from pilot on board to cargo transfer and pilot disembarkation.

Mitigate risk to maximize safety

Users can easily combine a broad range of data such as maritime conditions and infrastructure constraints with vessel tracking to mitigate risk and ensure safer, more productive vessel calls.

The Körber difference

Our competitors provide manually driven planning boards based on spreadsheet-style Gantt charts. Körber’s scheduling algorithm will enable your schedulers to optimize vessel calls, and increase the amount of cargo you transfer.

Scheduling vessels into and out of terminals is an extremely complex and time consuming task, with all the factors you must consider. Körber’s mission is to optimize your infrastructure and help you to transfer more products across the berth in a safe, efficient and productive way.

Simon Shore,

Our software improves port performance

23% Reduction in demurrage

21% Reduction in waiting time 

80% Reduction in time to schedule

Marine terminal optimization in use


Shorter vessel wait times, higher throughput

How advanced terminal management helped a major deep water port increase throughput and cut costs


SabTank was looking for a powerful decision support tool to improve terminal scheduling, management and the bottom line. The company reached their goals with our solution, stating, “The application gives our scheduling and planning teams a clear vision and greater focus on the effects of good, supportable decision making in the product and ship scheduling process.”

Port Taranaki

We recently developed a solution for this major New Zealand port. The delighted client praised Körber for our “commitment, attention to detail and passion throughout the entire project.”

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