Midterm planning is nearly impossible for the port operations as ETA predictions provided by the captain and port agent are short-term or unreliable. Liner schedules are failed short.
On the horizon of the five days, only half of the vessels will arrive at the port as per initial ETA on average.
Analysis conducted by the EU-funded Sea Traffic Management Validation project discovered that in 2017, container ships incurred 71,202 hours of idle time at Europe's
major ocean-going ports. This represents an annual loss of €100 million, just to the container sector alone.