15+15 webinar: Plain Sailing: mutual understanding is the key to more efficient port calls

  • 24 April 2024
  • 24 April 2024
  • Online
  • David Ditlev Almegaard
  • dda@bimco.org

Disputes between owner and charterer about maximum draught, demurrage, Just In Time can be avoided by a good understanding between port authorities, their terminals and owners and charterers and offering transparency about depths, under keel clearance, waiting areas and port passage planning areas – all based on international standards

  • Maximum draught based on charted depths and under keel clearance
  • Measured marks of the waiting areas and port passage planning areas
  • Transparency about your place in the queue


This 30-minute webinar begins at 12:00 UTC (See your time zone here)


15+15 weekly webinars are a 30-minute webinar which includes a 15-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

 Capt. Ben van Scherpenzeel

Ben van Scherpenzeel, director nautical developments, policy and plans Port of Rotterdam

He has spent 15 years at sea:

  • 3 years on tankers and reefer vessels as a deck officer
  • 12 years on cruise vessels as a deck officer, staff captain, and project manager of new build programs

He joined the Port of Rotterdam in 2004.

His present responsibilities are optimization of port operations, port information, including being Chairman of the International Taskforce Port Call Optimization, Chairman Shipping Advisory board North Sea, Project Officer of the International Harbour Master Association and Vice-Chair of the IMO GIA Low Carbon Shipping group – work stream Ship Port Interface