Implementation of OPS requires input of plenty of detailed local data from the various stakeholders mentioned above and careful planning and study.
There are many examples of feasibility studies being undertaken prior to implementation of an OPS project. Examples include those carried out at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
The cost calculation tool contains all the relevant cost items and data needed to develop a feasibility study. It should be borne in mind that it is impossible to quantify all the benefits accruing from OPS. for example the value of improved working conditions onboard and at terminals. These effects should be taken in into due account, however.
The following two issues should always be carefully analyzed, as these will generally have the greatest impact on the feasibility of an OPS project:
- costs of local power supply
- distribution of vessel types and frequency of calls
When implementing an OPS project, the PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT-approach can be used as a management tool.
In the submenus this stepwise approach to coordinated OPS implementation is illustrated. For a more elaborate version, click here.