What Are the Weather-Related Issues in Port and Maritime Operations?

Discover the weather-related issues in port operations and the solutions offered by Buluttan Weather Intelligence.

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Port and Maritime Sector

In today’s world, where nearly 90% of international logistics is conducted via sea routes, thousands of port operations occur daily. According to the Global Ports and Terminal Operations Research Report, the Global Ports and Terminal Operations market size was valued at USD 3808.94 million in 2023. It is expected to reach USD 6849.63 million by 2031, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 10.28% during the forecast period. Planning and executing operations in such a high-volume market with precision is crucial. A report compiled by IHS Markit shows the average total cargo capacity by vessel type as follows:

  • Bulk carrier: $97,130,857
  • Container ship: $112,856,710
  • General cargo ship: $29,521,611
  • Tanker: $70,833,289
  • Vehicle carrier: $135,778,272

Regardless of the vessel type, problems in port operations can lead to tens of millions of dollars in damages. While containers can get damaged for various reasons, about 80% are due to weather conditions.

Buluttan Weather Intelligence not only enhances safety measures in ports but also optimizes operational efficiency. Severe winds, high waves, precipitation, and low visibility are weather conditions that can pose significant risks to port operations. Buluttan Weather Intelligence, utilizing hyper-local numerical weather prediction models and the power of artificial intelligence, can preemptively identify these risky situations, aiding in the safe management of critical activities such as crane operations and ship docking and undocking.

  • High Winds: Wind speed and direction impact safety and uptime since crane operations must be suspended in winds above 14 m/s. Additionally, high winds can put sensitive and expensive equipment at risk.
  • High Waves: Wave height can make ship-to-shore transfers tricky and cause problems for pilots and tug operations.
  • Precipitation: Whether it’s snow or rain, the type and quantity impact visibility and safety, creating potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Visibility: Fog in certain parts of the world makes it challenging to operate cranes, trucks, and other vehicles, adding risk for your crew.
  • Temperature: Extreme temperatures—or changes in temperature—can spoil or damage cargo, especially during heat.
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Enhancing Operational Efficiency with Weather Intelligence

Weather intelligence helps in running port operations more efficiently. Optimizing operational processes according to weather conditions saves both time and costs.

  • Container Handling: With Buluttan Weather Intelligence, container loading and unloading operations can be more effectively planned.
  • Fuel and Energy Usage: Optimizing the docking and departure times of ships according to weather conditions saves fuel and energy.
  • Crane Operations: Cranes cost between $2 million and $35 million. Weather intelligence determines when to use cranes, preventing damage to this expensive equipment and reducing operational costs.
  • Insurance and Safety Costs: Buluttan Weather Intelligence helps reduce insurance premiums and employee hazard pay by taking precautions against adverse weather conditions.
  • Cargo Damage and Losses: Extreme temperatures and humidity changes pose risks, especially for perishable goods.
  • Warehouse Payments: Avoid penalties due to weather-related delays in the warehouse.

Buluttan Weather Intelligence: A Strategic Partner for Port and Maritime Operations

Buluttan Weather Intelligence provides reliable and timely meteorological information for your port operations through high-accuracy and high-resolution hyper-local weather forecasts. Our models, with resolutions up to 100m, ensure that your assets and team are safer than ever against unexpected weather events.

With Buluttan API, the meteorological parameters you need can be provided at regular intervals. In the event of an accident, you can verify an extreme weather event for your insured assets.

With Buluttan Map Layer, you can notify both your drivers and dispatchers of weather risks along the route in real-time, allowing for proactive approaches to be developed against these risks.

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