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Meet Team Atlas consisting of ​Maxine Mackie, Chris Hay, Neel Joshi, Ellie Lee, Giacomo Chiarella and Dan Cunnington​ who finished in 2nd place at the Ports and Logistics Hackathon in New York City this weekend.

Team Atlas built DashPort – a berth management tool which allows Port Planners to optimise their berth plan ensuring no berths are missed. Wait wait wait, what’s a berth plan!? A berth plan is an Excel spreadsheet used by the port planners to specify where and when vessels will dock at the port to load and unload. It looks like this:

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Mike, our user persona and Port Planner has to manually update this spreadsheet if vessels are delayed. Not only is this annoying for Mike, 65% of planned berths are missed and missed berths cost $10,000 per hour!

C2zeWy1UcAASEHUMike is aware of this and tries to predict when each vessel will arrive. He is constantly phone calling and emailing captains, monitoring tidal and weather conditions, looking at the vessel’s AIS data (which is usually inaccurate) – all in all, a complete nightmare!

Enter DashPort. DashPort uses historical journey data to and from specific ports to predict whether a vessel is expected to make its planned berthing slot. The key here is that DashPort knows how the vessel is performing at T-10, T-9, T-8… days before the vessel is due to arrive at the port. With an accurate prediction model, DashPort then provides a set of actions to Mike to account for certain delays. Mike can update the berth plan directly in the app, which allows him to easily account for delayed vessels.

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To find out more about the solution, please visit https://devpost.com/software/dashporthttp://www.dancunn.in/hackathon/2017/01/23/predicting-the-arrival-time-of-incoming-vessels.html or to look at the app, visit https://dashport.mybluemix.net/berth.html



Software Engineer and Senior Inventor

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