April 10, 2022

Difference between Port Management Information Systems (PMIS) and Marine and Harbor Management Systems

In a fast-moving, commercial world, the dependency on the timely arrival of goods has become crucial. An efficient supply chain ensures a reduction in delays and the ability to meet customers’ requirements on time. On-time delivery of goods also builds faith and trust among the customers and increases customer satisfaction

The Port Management Information System (PMIS) is system integrated with Vessel Traffic Management (VTMS)for real time information of vessel movement in Port Area. An ideal Port Management Information System provides real time and historical view of all vessel operations in the Port generally provided along with the VTMS system.

An efficient PMIS accomplishes the following:

•           Have a user-friendly design

•           Ensures optimal utilization of the resources

•           Effectively lowers turnaround time and lay time

•           Safe navigation of vessels in port area.

•           Ensures availability of real-time information on vessel operations/movements

Envision’s iPortman PMIS is a contemporary, intuitive designed solution that takes into account all of the port’s features and integrates it into the system. By leveraging modern technology, Envision’s iPortman PMIS is an intelligent platform that digitizes operations and automates workflows. This futuristic outlook ensures adaptability, and increased efficiency in port operations and provides a competitive edge in the port world!

Marine and Harbor Management Systems

The Marine and Harbor Management systems manages port operations and harbor facilities and services. Ports deal with several disparate activities: the movement of vessels, and the loading and unloading of vessels. The Marine and Harbor Management division is responsible for managing these activities and resources, providing management information, supplying harbor equipment and machinery.

Marine and Harbor services are port-related activities that are undertaken to ensure the safe and efficient flow of vessel traffic in the port. All operations such as estimation of charges and verification of vessel documentation are to be undertaken before the arrival of the vessel. Marine and Harbor services also ensure optimal conditions at the port when the vessels are moored or anchored. 

Key features of Marine & Harbor management solution:

•           Vessel nomination

•           Vessel Acceptance

•           Pilot Request

•           Pilot Operations

•           Berthing Operation

•           Marine Service

•           Sail Out

•           Marine services billing

By adopting a holistic approach to marine management, the system ensures the safety of navigation for any type of vessel using the port. The system also helps track organizational aspects such as inbound and outbound traffic, berth planning, marine pilot request and towage operations. 

A Marine and Harbor Management system includes the following units:


Berth Planning

Ability to plan and automate berth allocation with all resources, berth type and vessel parameters in consideration. Visual planning with current and view for next few weeks will help the port authority to manage faster turnaround times. The Harbor Master ensures that vessels safely navigate in and around the port. They ensure efficient flow of traffic by allocating vessels to berths and authorizing vessels to enter and leave the port vicinity. As Harbor Masters oversee the planning of port operations, they operate out of a port coordination center or Captain’s room. The port’s marine operations become an essential part of the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS).


From pilot request to allocation of qualified pilots to provide their services to navigate vessels. Pilots hold a vital role in a port environment and are aware of their unique position. Hence, successful vessel management depends on the efficient functioning of the pilot organization. 


Port authorities and maritime administration regulate pilotage by training, providing licenses and certifications, regulating tariffs, conducting strict medical tests, investigating incidents and designating roles and responsibilities among the pilots. 


Tugboat Operations and Mooring services

Tugboat services help maneuver vessels on the instructions of their captain by using one or more tugs as per the specifications of the pilot. Mooring is a procedure to anchor the ship to afixed or floating element and keep it connected during loading or unloading operations. Safe mooring must withstand several forces, such as wind, the current, the tide and waves. 


Envision’s iPortman Marine Harbor management system integrates Vessel Traffic Management System(VTMS) to achieve an optimal level of perfection. VTMS is a software that determines vessel positions, position of other traffic or meteorological hazard warnings and management of traffic within a port or waterway. The system contributes to the safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation and protection of work sites. Real-time data collected from VTMS can be accessed by port authorities and contributes to safer navigation and efficient traffic flow. 


Over the years, Envision’s iPortman Marine Harbor Management Systems has efficiently handled thousands of vessel requirements. By integrating VTMS into some of the PMIS’s features, iPortman’s solutions cover all aspects of Marine Operations. This solution helps our customers to get a real-time view of operations, reduce turnaround time and improve the utilization of resources. At Envision, we constantly leverage technology by integrating contemporary solutions into our products and services. We are committed to providing safe, dynamic and efficient solutions to modern-day problems.


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