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VTA Terminal digitalizes planning & scheduling operations

DELFT; April 29, 2024 – Vesta Terminal Antwerp N.V. has selected Dropboard as its primary platform for berth planning and scheduling. Dropboard's integrated real-time jetty planning system empowers Vesta to effectively manage the viewing, planning, and scheduling of nominations. This transition to a real time  interconnected system optimizes Vesta's planning and scheduling procedures, harnessing Dropboard's constraint-based scheduling logic to enhance both efficiency and precision.


Dropboard is set to seamlessly integrate with the existing terminal management system as well as UAB-Online. This integration with the terminal's management system creates a unified data entry environment, significantly expediting the scheduling process. Simultaneously, the connection with UAB-Online ensures real-time data updates for vessels and barges, enabling Vesta to share accurate information with its stakeholders to further enhance the optimization of the entire supply chain.


In accordance with Vesta Terminals' commitment to safety and the maximization of customer trading margins, this project represents a significant milestone that empowers Vesta Terminal Antwerp (VTA) to respond effectively to rapidly changing circumstances without compromising on safety. The planning module serves as a visual hub where real-time data from the terminal (OTC) and waterside (UAB-Online) converge. This module serves to further align with the core elements of our vision, as it consolidates real-time information, enabling the terminal to devise superior, more efficient, and safer plans. Consequently, our stakeholders will remain informed in real-time, enabling them to seize business opportunities, as noted by Kevin van Hees, Operations Manager at Vesta Terminal Antwerp.


On Systems Navigator side: “We are very excited to assist VTA in realizing a next-generation planning & scheduling solution. VTA has embarked on the journey towards scheduling excellence, with Dropboard providing essential support along the way.  Getting all relevant information available to the planners so that they can make the best decisions in quickly changing situations has always been the focus of Dropboard. This project underlines the fact that the storage industry is embracing our vision on next-generation planning & scheduling solutions.” – Vincent de Gast, Systems Navigator.


About Vesta Terminals

Vesta Terminals is an independently operated company offering its customers safe and reliable logistics services in the form of storage and transshipment, primarily for crude oil, refined petroleum products, bio fuels and petrochemicals.


Vesta currently wholly owns and operates three storage terminals in Antwerp (Belgium), Flushing (The Netherlands) and Tallinn (Estonia) with a total capacity over 1.6 million cubic meters. The corporate headquarters are located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Vesta’s terminals benefit from deep water access and excellent hinterland connection via seagoing vessel, barges, rail, road and pipeline.


Vesta is committed to grow their company to serve the demand of its expanding customer base. Their diverse customer portfolio includes international oil traders, major oil companies, petrochemical producers, local fuel distributors and bunker suppliers.


About Dropboard 

Dropboard planning and scheduling system is designed to assist planners in Ports, LNG and the Oil & (Petro)Chemical industry with planning & scheduling of vessels and barges. Systems Navigator’s unique Smart Scheduling technology provides expert knowledge at your fingertips. Optimizing the schedule provides opportunities to reduce ship waiting times, ship turnaround times, emissions and demurrage costs. Dropboard uses advanced machine learning technology to accurately predict job durations. Having an accurate real-time plan delivers value to the whole supply chain and all of its stakeholders


About Systems Navigator

Systems Navigator is a global leader in advanced and predictive decision support technology. Since 2003, our employees are working around the globe for a wide range of customers on the most challenging projects. We assist our customers in making better decisions on where to spend their capital by demonstrating the impact of change through simulation modelling. Our Dropboard platform for planning & scheduling helps companies optimize their operations, improve customer service and maximize the use of their assets.

To learn more about Dropboard or Systems Navigator, please contact our office at +31 (0) 15 750 1030, email us or visit the website at

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