North Sea Port

North Sea Port is using an intelligent IoT platform powered by Boomi to streamline ship registrations – improving revenue, cash flow, port security and operational efficiency.

Business Goals

North Sea Port, which operates three harbors in the Netherlands and Belgium handling 50,000 cargo ships a year, wanted to streamline registration of ships docking at the port. Its existing process was time-consuming and error-prone, requiring visually scanning port waters and manually entering data into a port management system.

The port envisioned reduced costs, increased ship registrations and improved security. Achieving those goals required tapping into an Internet of Things (IoT) data source — tracking information openly broadcast by ship transponders.

Integration Challenges

To size up the challenge, North Sea Port engaged Nalta, an IT consultancy with expertise in IoT and a top Boomi partner in Europe. Nalta compared data in the port management system with Automatic Identification System (AIS) data broadcast by the ships.

Discrepancies between the two data sets showed that the ship data, based on the industry standard AIS protocol, could help the port register ships. The trick was building an application to store that data, and integrating it with the port management system.

How Boomi Helped

Boomi was deployed for data exchange between the port management system and Harmony, a cloud-based desktop and mobile app custom-built by Nalta. Advantages that North Sea Port has realized with Boomi include:

  • Integration development 3X faster than custom coding
  • Native support for IoT data
  • Security by design and scalability across diverse architectures
  • Flexibility to incorporate additional IoT data and applications

Importantly, Boomi’s flexibility allows North Sea Port and Nalta to readily adapt the system as they market it for use at other ports.

Results

North Sea Port is reaping impressive business benefits with the Boomi-powered Harmony app, which port officials believe is the first of its type in Europe:

  • Increased ship registrations by 25%, driving new revenue
  • Ship invoicing processes reduced from weeks to hours, speeding cash flow
  • Eliminated 40 hours a week of manual work
  • Improved port safety, security and operational visibility

Plus, the port is capturing more and better data because ship crews can interact with Harmony and add information on crew, route and cargo, i.e., dangerous goods.

quote The Boomi-powered Harmony app is delivering an increase in revenue, quality and safety, and a decrease in cost and lead time. quote
Rick van Sluijs, IT Manager, North Sea Port