Digital revolution for passage plans
Passage plans, required for each ship that arrives and departs port, contain information such as the ship dimensions, arrival times, license number, berth allocation tidal information and real-time weather.
The digitised version utilises an online form that makes it easier for pilots to capture and analyse data, and delivers several operational efficiencies.
“At NQBP, we oversee mooring operations for around eight to 12 ships each day – and we need to complete a unique passage plan for each one. We take this passage plan on board each ship to go through procedures in detail with the captain,” marine pilot Luca Orlandi (pictured below) said.
“Previously, we had to log in to the Maritime Safety Queensland database to look up the information we needed, and then manually enter data on paper forms to take aboard the ship, before transferring the data to an Excel spreadsheet when we returned to port. An 80 per cent time saving and real-time data ingestion helps pilots focus on other important issues when entering and exiting ports.”
The mobile-friendly digital solution allows pilots to access and modify data in real-time, whenever they need to – including on board the ships.
“Plans can change very quickly when ships are due to arrive at port," Mr Orlandi said. "If a ship is delayed, which often happens, then we need to update the records accordingly. When the process was paper-based we had to start afresh and fill out new forms. Now the passage plan is easy to update digitally.”