How does Weather Intelligence support Port Operations?

Explore the weather-related challenges in port operations and the innovative solutions offered by Buluttan Weather Intelligence.

Port and Maritime Operations

Today, nearly 90% of the international logistics sector operates via sea routes, with thousands of port operations occurring daily. One of the primary reasons for this is the ability to transport large quantities of cargo in a single trip. Large cargo ships, with a capacity to carry up to 24,000 containers, enable the transport of products worth approximately $30 to $130 million in one voyage. The high monetary value of these shipments means that any unwanted event can result in significant losses. A substantial portion of these unwanted situations in the maritime sector is due to changes in weather conditions. While we cannot change the weather as we wish, operations managed with the most accurate forecasts mean minimizing risk. Buluttan Weather Intelligence provides hyper-local, highly accurate forecasts for your port and maritime operations using AI-supported numerical weather prediction models.


How Weather Events Impact Your Port and Maritime Operations?

Buluttan Weather Intelligence not only enhances safety measures at ports but also optimizes operational efficiency. Severe weather events can directly impact port operations, increasing operational costs and potentially jeopardizing safety. Before identifying these problems, let’s examine which weather events affect port operations.

  • Severe Winds: Wind speed and direction significantly impact the safety and efficiency of port and maritime operations. Crane operations, in particular, must cease when wind speeds exceed 14 m/s, leading to operational disruptions and increased costs. High winds can also jeopardize sensitive and expensive equipment, raising repair and maintenance expenses. For instance, in 2021, sudden severe winds in the Port of New Orleans caused a ship to break free from its moorings, damaging gantry cranes and resulting in $15 million in total damages.
  • High Waves: Wave height can also complicate port operations, particularly during ship-to-shore transfers and tugboat operations. High waves can endanger the safety of pilots and ship crews.
  • Precipitation: The type and amount of precipitation, such as snow or rain, can affect visibility and safety, creating potentially hazardous conditions. Heavy rain can reduce visibility for crane operators and other port workers, leading to accidents.
  • Fog: Dense fog in some areas can make it difficult for cranes, trucks, and other vehicles to operate, causing slowdowns in port operations and increasing safety risks.
  • Temperature: Extreme temperatures or sudden temperature changes can cause spoilage or damage to cargo, especially perishable goods transported in hot weather. Temperature changes can also negatively affect the operation of equipment.

The Touch of Buluttan Weather Intelligence in Port and Maritime Operations

Just as Buluttan Weather Intelligence provides solutions to industries affected by the weather, it offers customer-focused solutions for maritime and port operations. Our advanced weather forecasts, powered by artificial intelligence, enable proactive decision-making for various scenarios. Let’s look at the benefits Buluttan Weather Intelligence can provide for your company in port and maritime operations.

Minimize Risk

Port management is highly complex, involving operations such as unloading cargo and managing perishable goods. Disruptions caused by weather conditions make these operations even more complicated and often lead to delays in cargo and ship schedules. High wind speeds pose problems for cranes during cargo unloading, while sensitive products require highly accurate wind and temperature forecasts due to their inability to withstand high temperatures for long periods.

Increase Management Efficiency

Buluttan Weather Intelligence provides real-time alerts about upcoming weather events through your preferred platform, allowing you to take proactive measures to protect your assets and personnel. This way, you can be prepared in advance for potential weather events and prevent operational disruptions.

Optimize Your Operations

By minimizing weather-related disruptions, companies can reduce delays, optimize resource usage, and maximize revenue opportunities. Proactive planning and strategic decision-making offer advantages to forward-thinking organizations, providing opportunities for cost savings.

Buluttan Weather Intelligence: Your Best Partner in the Air, Land, and Sea

With Buluttan Weather Intelligence’s high-accuracy and high-resolution hyper-local weather forecasts, easily access reliable and timely meteorological information for your port operations. With models reaching up to 100m resolution, your assets and team are safer than ever against unexpected weather events.

Buluttan API regularly provides the meteorological parameters you need. You can verify an extreme weather event for any insured assets damaged in an accident.

Buluttan Map Layer informs you of weather risks along your logistics routes in real-time, allowing for proactive approaches to be developed.

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