Which data makes up the estimated time of arrival (ETA) for a ship?
The data sources from which the HVCC derives the traffic conditions are classified in six pillars.
- 50,000 entries with position data of ships from marine areas in Northern Europe per minute. The first signal arrives as soon as a ship crosses the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Planning data of shipping companies in the form of “long-term timetables” for the next three to six months and “short-term shore schedules” starting from the Suez Canal.
- Environmental data such as weather and tide forecasts.
- Data exchange on the departure and arrival of ships including the previous and following ports (e.g. Rotterdam and Le Havre).
- Information from the DV Elbe System of the Hamburg Port Authority for other ships that have to be taken into consideration.
- Terminal data from Hamburg, e.g. notifications regarding plan changes.