Alternative Maritime Power is a program that focuses on reducing emissions from container vessels docking at a port. It uses high voltage onshore power supply systems (HVSC) to allow AMP-equipped ships to plug in to shore side electrical power rather than using diesel while at berth. It has come as a response to increasing pressures on port authorities to minimize the impact of air pollution and noise emission to meet strict environmental regulations. This kind of additional scheduling and billing is primarily targeted for Web and Mobile users, but it is also available to WinClient application users.
The workflow starts with an agent request to use the high voltage power supply while the vessel is docking. The request can be made by the agent, or an AMP manager directly via the web interface.
The request is recorded for a particular vessel at a specific berth, and can be reviewed later in the resource request section of a WinClient application and a dedicated web page that allows the confirmation and management of service details.The details of the job can be scheduled right here on the web page where the AMP manager reviews and processes all other service requests.
As soon as the job is scheduled by an AMP manager, the mechanic that the job is assigned to can quickly review the upcoming service requests and review the service details such as assignment type, vessel type and name, and vessel service connection history. The job request can also be set to notify the mechanic prior to when the job starts.
When the assignment is done and the power is connected or disconnected, the mobile application allows the mechanic to update the particulars of the job right after it is completed.
The particulars of the performed service are available for review and billing immediately as it is finished, allowing the port to compress the billing cycle.
Overall, the module simplifies the process of planning, scheduling, and executing HVSC connections. It establishes a real-time communication between the agent, AMP manager and AMP mechanics to ensure the job is scheduled and finished on time. The real-time updates and notifications allow the port to shorten the billing cycle to next-day-invoicing, thereby avoiding a combersome paper-based workflow.