PD Ports, the Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees, has successfully rolled out a Port Community System (PCS) to improve efficiencies and boost the international competitiveness of Teesport and the River Tees.

After announcing its intentions to deliver on the digitalised solution earlier this year, PD Ports has continued to work alongside partners at Europe’s largest port, the Port of Rotterdam, to implement the PCS to support future trade growth on the River Tees.

The system, which provides users with a single, dynamic source of vital information including live shipping movements and weather data, has been incredibly well received with over 200 active users registered in just four weeks.

As the Statutory Harbour Authority, PD Ports is responsible for vessel traffic management and ensuring the safe navigation of vessels as they access Teesport. Paul Brooks, Harbour Master, explained how the system marks an important step in an ongoing journey of digitalisation at PD Ports.

“Throughout the development of the PCS, we collaborated with an extensive number of stakeholders, as well as our partners at the Port of Rotterdam, which has led to the successful roll out of the new system, ahead of schedule,” said Paul.

“COVID19 highlighted just how important it is that businesses, especially within critical industries, embrace technology and accelerate digitalisation to ensure that supply chains are more resilient to potentially disruptive events.

“As a port, we are making significant progress with our plans to be a more flexible ‘smart port’, placing greater emphasis on secure, electronic data sharing, reducing risk whilst saving time and money for port customers whilst continuing to facilitate the smooth transition of trade to and from the UK.

 

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