Case Port of Naantali: Ensuring round the clock port operations with online port platform


Port of Naantali is Finland’s leading port for Scandinavian freight traffic with over 1600 vessel calls in 2020. They work with bulk and general cargo and thrive for continuously developing port’s operating environment and its infrastructure. The port’s ambition is to meet and exceed the needs of their clients by ensuring the quality of services and infrastructures, and taking into account also environment, security and safety in all operations.

Port of Naantali has a lot of information on the port in digital formats, such as 3D models, CAD drawings and point clouds. The datasets needed to be viewed with special desktop software, which made them quite difficult to reach and utilize in the everyday work. Their plan was to implement a digital asset management system for the port, which enables utilizing the information easily in asset management, maintenance and traffic planning. The port never sleeps, so the information needed for operations must be available 24/7.

GISGRO offers a perfect solution to the needs of Port of Naantali. It gathers all the asset information and geospatial data together, hence the information can be easily utilized in maintenance operations, wherever or whenever needed.


Online asset information supports port development


Port development planning depends on geographical information on the port area, whether it is new warehouses or silos to be located or to check on existing buildings or storage areas. The georeferenced information on port area and assets are easily utilized in GISGRO in planning construction projects, and all the details affecting the plan can be shared in a visual format to support the discussions with partners.


“GISGRO enables us to see the complete situation of our port with all the technical details needed for example in planning future development”, tells Hannu Kallio, Operations Manager at Port of Naantali.


Up-to-date information on marine assets such as the quays and fairways is also crucial when the port’s traffic team is planning for example mooring of a vessel. Integration with vessel information database AIS enables the port to receive real-time information on the location of the arriving vessels, and with seabed scanning data and information on bollards it is easy to plan berthing. In GISGRO, the berthing plans can be saved for the use of the whole traffic management team and modified as the situation may change in the hectic port environment.

Berthing plan in Port of Naantali

Picture: AIS integration eases the operations planning in the port (source: Port of Naantali GISGRO account)


Easy start on the path for digitalizing the port


Port of Naantali had a good amount of digital information already, so the biggest task was to gather all this data together into one platform, where it can be easily utilized. Team GISGRO has vast experience and knowhow in working with GIS data, so the port outsourced this work to us. The time and effort saved from the uploading can then be utilized in developing the processes in the port operations.

Port of Naantali now has a variety of different datasets in GISGRO, including 3D models, bathymetry, buildings and underground utilities. They are soon implementing the platform to be used in their daily maintenance, communicating with the subcontractors and managing the maintenance work via GISGRO.


“GISGRO is now the most used software in meetings and discussions with clients and other stakeholders. The online digital twin of our port in GISGRO is an easy way to digitalize operations, visualize future development and get real benefits as the port becomes a forerunner in digitalization”, Hannu Kallio concludes.


Port of Naantali depth chart

Picture: Depth charts are visualized from point cloud data uploaded to the platform (source: Port of Naantali GISGRO account)