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Virtual Arrival

Reduce emissions from your sea transports with Virtual Arrival.

The basic idea of Virtual Arrival is to reduce a vessel’s speed to meet revised arrival time if it is known that the berth will not be free on arrival. Regardless of the actual arrival time, the vessel still retains its place in the line-up based on the arrival time in normal service speed.

In shipping, vessels are usually scheduled to meet certain arrival times at a port in order to start time counting whether the berth is actually free on arrival or not. If the assigned berth is not free, the vessel will drop anchor on arrival and tender notice from the roads. In other words, the vessel will sail the whole passage with normal speed even though it is known that there will be delays at berthing.

ESL Shipping, steel producer SSAB and Port of Oxelösund have started Virtual Arrival trial in the Luleå-Oxelösund traffic. The experiences after the first couple of arrivals have been positive and have resulted in reductions in consumption and CO2-emissions.

After each arrival the difference between the consumption on normal speed and actual consumption as a result of Virtual Arrival is compared and the savings are shared between us and the customer.

Benefits of Virtual arrival

  • reduced fuel consumption
  • reduced emissions
  • less congestion in the port and anchorage area
  • more reliable scheduling and line-up of vessels in port
  • more efficient resource planning for port operators
  • savings are shared between us and customer
Average reduction of emissions

For more information about the concept, please contact:
Kirsi Ylärinne
Operations Director, ESL Shipping
tel. +358 9 521 9990,

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