Marinanow, the online berthing platform, and NavigoDigitale, the digital arm of Navigo, have embarked upon a joint venture to streamline the port documentation process for recreational vessels. This new venture is seeking to demystify convoluted berthing processes in the Mediterranean. spoke with Alessandro Sestini, Marinanow’s CEO, and Pietro Angelini, the CEO of Navigo.

“Documentation can be very complicated and it is different from port to port, so errors are frequently made,” Sestini began. In every port in the world, the arrival of a vessel is bound by a series of restrictions, obligations and requirements; the form in which these requirements present themselves entirely depends on the staff and systems that happen to be in place.

“The whole process is completely manual, which means that the documents have to be delivered in person to the various entities – and this is only possible during working hours,” he added.

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Marinanow and Navigo’s new system will require less paper, less red tape and less time. “With the new system the documents could, theoretically, be delivered, checked and processed before the boat has even arrived in port.”

The new system will first be trialled using pilot marinas in Tuscany and Sardinia, with permissions having been granted by their respective port authorities.

“We (Marinanow) will analyse all the documentation required for a yacht over 24m to enter a marina and then integrate the Marinanow berth booking software with Navigo’s platform,” Sestini explained. “This will allow a shipping agent or a commander to book a berth in the marina online and upload all the necessary information. The software will process this and automatically produce the essential documentation.”

“The trial will let us both understand the complexity of the task at hand and also the weight of the port bureaucracy that we will be trying to streamline,” Angelini added. “We are talking about a job that could take a very long time, depending on the current degree of digitalisation of the individual ports in the Mediterranean and their processes.”

Current projections estimate that the new system – once implemented – could save up to 80 per cent of the processing time currently needed, eliminate the use of around 2000 sheets of paper per office, and produce better traceability and transparency. “We are proceeding carefully and are very confident,” Angelini concluded.

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