The cornerstones of an efficient fleet schedule on high level are:
Today I’ll be focusing on the 1st point. What are all the things to consider when planning your fleet schedule:
Mapping out all this in your head or in a spreadsheet, is labour heavy to say the least. Doing voyage estimations one by one in a voyage management system and then summing them up for the entire schedule plan is possible, but gets crazy if you want to create and compare more than just one scenario. This is hard enough for single cargo voyages, but explodes in complexity when considering multi-parcel and multi-port voyages. Avoiding inefficient decisions is virtually impossible.
This is really the core problem that Seaber is set out to solve. On our planning timeline, all of the above issues are highlighted and can hence be avoided. One of the key values that we bring is the automatic cost estimation that considers bunker, port and channel costs and then sums them up per scenario. Our ‘suggest voyage’ feature takes all the costs, durations and restrictions into account, and proposes the most profitable next voyages to plan. Scenario optimization tools on the other hand can propose changes to the scenario to increase its profitability. This could mean a bigger vessel carrying two cargoes instead of two smaller vessels carrying one order each, or simply switching a cargo from one vessel to another to make space for a shorter voyage in between two scheduled voyages. The planner is, however, always in the driver’s seat and makes the final decision for each voyage.
We also support automatically updating the vessel schedules according to the latest ETA/ETD, so your schedule stays up to date, and you can react to ever changing conditions quickly and effectively.
How is this done at your company currently?