Feeder Vessel

Feeder vessels typically call multiple terminals during a port call in the Port of Hamburg. Proactive planning in this dynamic operational environment is therefore of great importance for the various stakeholders in the port. The Feeder Logistics Center (FLC) coordinates these vessels to ensure smooth and efficient vessel operations at the single terminals as well as smooth and efficient vessel rotations between the terminals.

The FLC serves as the central point of contact, available 24/7, for terminals, carrier, authorities and nautical service providers as well as distributes an overview of the relevant situational changes in the port. Using its Port Collaboration Platform and their direct access to the relevant operational systems of the terminals, the FLC assists carrier in berth and stowage planning and timely ordering of pilots, tugs and mooring lines. This way carrier can focus on their core business.

First announcement

The FLC handles the arrival registration of vessels at the container terminals and other operating terminals, serving as the central point of contact for terminals, carrier and vessel operators. By mutually sharing terminal operating and vessel planning information across the stakeholders, vessel rotations and terminal operations become reliable.

Rotation planning and Coordination

The arrival of feeder vessels is actively monitored, and operations at a terminal is planned before their arrival. Unplanned delays are immediately identified, and proactive solutions for a changed rotation are proposed. Based on this proactive role pilots, tugs and mooring services are immediately called in time to shift the vessels to the next terminal or to assist them in leaving the port. The FLC reduces the port stay time of feeder vessels, whilst at the same time optimizes berth utilization and efficient vessel handling at the terminals.

Stowage planning

To prevent any interruptions in vessel handling, the FLC examines the availability of cargo and the work program at the terminals, as well as the stowage plans for feeder vessels in advance. In case of changes, the FLC adjusts the stowage planning in coordination with the carrier and terminal at short notice. Delays in vessel handling are avoided.