IMO identifies solution to achieving JIT operations

Recognising the crucial role that data sharing plays in the successful implementation of “Just-In-Time” (JIT) operations for shipping lines, a high-level panel has identified the need for a global, neutral, not-for profit data sharing platform, to allow frequent updates from terminals and vessel service providers on completion times. 

This, they believe, will cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and help cut emissions as well as save on fuel costs.

They were participating in a roundtable meeting of IMO’s Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) at IMO headquarters in London last week – and agreed that increased transparency of information through data sharing was imperative. This, they said, should be achieved through standardised functional and data definitions. More frequent exchange of information would lead to better predictability of when a berth was available.

The roundtable meeting is the latest in a series organised by the GIA to identify and discuss the operational, contractual and regulatory barriers – and potential solutions – to the uptake of Just-In-Time operations. Operational measures can help to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

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