Next Port Predictions Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

There are numerous advantages to using Next Port. One of them is that you can receive updated predictions on the next port your vessel is heading toward.

Be one step ahead with Next Port

Next Port combines various data sources to provide continuously updated predictions on the next port that a vessel is heading toward, as well as its estimated time of arrival. These predictions are continuously updated as new data becomes available. This is a valuable tool for you to optimize your operations, plan for port calls, and improve supply chain efficiency.

Optimize operations

Plan for port calls

Improve supply chain efficiency

Why use Next Port?

The benefits of using Next Port are multifold. By providing continuously updated predictions on the next port a vessel is heading toward, Next Port can help improve your operational efficiency, reduce risks, and comply with regulatory requirements, which leads to cost savings, increased competitiveness, and improved customer satisfaction.

Basically, Next Port provides:

  • Next expected port call of a given vessel including its ETA
  • Predictions of the vessels approaching a given port including their ETA

Increase vessel visibility

Next Port increases your visibility of vessels (with an IMO) by providing you with:

  • The ability to see the most probable next port destination of a given vessel thanks to machine learning. This includes all major ports around the world.
  • A presentation of this information in a simple and uniform format for your convenience.
  • A time-saving tool so you no longer need to use your resources on retrieving information, especially if multiple vessels or ports are involved in your shipment.
  • Continuous updates on predictions on the most probable next destination to help you avoid performing manual, complex tasks.

Who can benefit from using Next Port?

Next Port can be used by a variety of businesses such as:

  • Tugboat and pilot operators working in ship repair or maintenance
  • Ship and offshore suppliers of marine provisions and stores
  • Service centers handling multiple ports
  • Tax and customs authorities
  • Pilot operations companies
  • Equipment manufacturers on board vessels
  • Stevedores

Next Port Enables Port-Centric View and Vessel-Centric View

In the port-centric view, our API performs the following tasks:

  • Accepts a port request
  • Returns a list of all the vessel candidates which are most likely to approach your selected port. A probability of each of these vessel candidates is also provided.

In the vessel-centric view, our API performs the following tasks:

  • Accepts an IMO number (or a list of IMO numbers)
  • Returns a list of the most likely port candidates which a given vessel is heading for next. A probability of each of these port candidates is also provided.

Accurate predictions based on a collection of data

Next Port is a Data as a Service (DaaS) solution, integrated into your system via an API. Next Port’s predictions are based on a collection of data such as:

  • More than 2.000 supported ports using a supervised machine learning model built on more than 60 million unique observations.
  • Continuously developed over 10 years and based on historical patterns of vessel movements.
  • Designed with more than 40 different input features such as SOC, vessel type and length.

Key advantages of Next Port’s technical features

  • Available through a REST API for easy integration
  • One simple, uniform format for all vessels and ports
  • Improved and continuously updated ETA calculation.
  • All port calls using locodes (no more misspelled port names)
  • All time data in UTC (no more mixed-up local time zones)
  • All vessels by IMO (no more misspelled vessel names)
  • Supports more than 2000 ports worldwide thanks to a supervised machine learning model.


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