Initiative Just-in-Time Port Call

Improving operational efficiencies and optimising planning

There is an urgent call for the maritime industry to reduce CO2 intensity in international shipping. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% over 2008 levels by 2030 and 70% by 2050. The GloMeep GIA Just In Time Arrival Guide (2018) and recent DCSA research show that an optimised JIT port call process facilitates vessel steaming speed optimisation, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. Additionally, the just-in-time port call is an important building block for improving operational efficiency on an industry level.

The DCSA Just-in-Time (JIT) Port Call programme is a multi-year initiative designed to enable a digital, just-in-time port call process that will facilitate vessel speed optimisation, reduce CO2 emissions, improve schedule reliability and increase operational efficiency overall.

As part of the programme, DCSA publishes standards that will allow carriers, ports and terminals to automatically exchange event data in a uniform way. As open standards, the DCSA port call data definitions align with the IMO and ITPCO Just In Time (JIT) Arrival Guide standards. Widespread adoption of these standards is the first step towards achieving a digital, global, transparent, just-in-time port call ecosystem.