PortLog was launched in 2018, and is used daily by some of the largest dry bulk vessel operators in the world.
PortLog enables shipping companies to measure and manage vessel turnaround times in port, by providing anonymised industry benchmarks via digitised Statements of Facts.
As a practical, data-driven check-before-fixing tool, it delivers detailed insights into cost, restrictions, and terminal efficiency.
The digital infrastructure enables companies to use data, which is traditionally held in information silos, to optimise every port call, in close collaboration with stakeholders like Captains and port agents.
We are currently developing ground-breaking and exciting new developments, deploying the power of digital CP terms to enable advanced simulation of time and risks in port.
Time is money and more than 40% of a vessel’s time is spent in port.
There are a host of tools available to optimise speed, consumption and other parameters for the sea leg portion of a voyage – but what about the port stay?
We solve the last piece of the voyage optimisation puzzle by helping you plan and manage time and cost in port.
Traditionally time in port and at terminal is difficult to measure and benchmark, leaving a black box of unsubstantiated or uninformed buffers to voyage estimates in its wake.
Why shouldn’t the time a vessel spends in port, including the unpaid time not covered by demurrage, be priced and reflected accurately in the freight rate?
Five years ago, Marcura set up the technology and team to capture non-standardised SOF data, turning SOFs into digital assets rather than static reference points. This was the birth of PortLog and the beginning of estimating time in port.
Today, PortLog has evolved into a check-before-fixing toolbox covering time in terminal, port costs, restrictions and tacit knowledge capture.
Estimated port costs, using extensive DA-Desk data
Access to benchmark DA data
Insights related to discounts and tariffs
Live Chat (no bots!)
Identification of risks and opportunities related to port stays, using SOF and AIS data, along with geofenced berths, terminals, and ports, including;
Structured restriction data and general information, obtained by us from port agents, for berths, terminals and ports
Data refreshed regularly and when requested by users
Marcura Observations, created from analysis of trends and patterns from SOFs and DA data
Assistance with creating and managing own-company Insights
Easily available throughout the platform and shared automatically during the port call cycle
Here’s just a very small sample of some of the tools and features available on PortLog today. We’d be delighted to show you around the whole thing – please get in touch.
Restriction information directly from agents. PortLog users can request latest restriction data directly from agents via the ask-an-agent button
Check potential delays including weather and terminal stoppages, identified from digitalised SOFs.
Risks and exposure can vary significantly between terminals. Using SOF data PortLog predicts the most likely terminal for your port call.
Share port-related knowledge effectively across your organisation, with your own insights and Marcura observations. Live Chat is available in case of any questions.
Marcura has over 20 years’ experience of working with maritime data, digitisation and digitalisation, delivering process efficiency and actionable insights to our customers worldwide
Like other Marcura products, PortLog combines software and services into powerful solutions focused on improving customer outcomes.
The software element combines PortLog’s unique and anonymized SOF – derived benchmark data with refined AIS-, weather- and restriction information.
PortLog is a one-stop shop for shipping professionals to estimate, plan, manage and reduce unpaid terminal time.
In addition, the PortLog team works with each customer to ensure they succeed with:
PortLog has been serving customers for 5 years, but SOF-derived insights and decision support is only the beginning of the PortLog journey.
Significant resources are currently being deployed into the next phases of PortLog, where the truly digitalised Charter Party opens up a blue ocean of opportunity for simulating and managing unpaid time in port.
The following PortLog features and functionalities are currently in development or in customer pilot:
PortLog is a business unit under The Marcura Group and an affiliate of DA-Desk, the world’s largest independent port cost management company. With the customer’s time-in-port value at the center of our business, we deliver highly focused maritime services that improve efficiency, increase transparency and facilitate trade.
PortLog is developed and managed by industry specialists with decades of accumulated knowledge and a true passion for delivering automated, digital solutions for the maritime industry.