Make operation smarter with Port Digitization – Ports 4.0

port-digitization-portlogistics-blog-akquinetPort digitization provides more and more data about the past processes as well as about the current state at the terminal from various sources and stakeholders.

Terminal operators have to accept this mind change: Analysing the data from the previous shifts/weeks and connecting them with the current state of the process planning on the terminal enhances the staff in the control room to predict what will happen next on the terminal.

As a result the existing equipment fleet will be used in a much more efficient way, instead of spending thousands of Euro for new equipment. In the current stable economic situation (+/- throughout growth rate) terminal processes have to be analysed and optimised. With forecasting the operations, it can become smarter to fulfil the demands of the shipping lines and the efficiency of the port will increase. Become pro-active instead of re-act only on bottlenecks.

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When, what and how you are moving forward with your digital agenda?

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This has been the biggest transport logistics show so far with 2.374 exhibitors (+10%) from 63 countries and about 64.000 visitors (+5%) from 125 countries. We have joined on the partner stand of bremenports. Again, the Bremen stand was a perfect host stand with our neighbours from BLG, Eurogate and Niedersachen Ports.

This year we focused on three items discussing in our meetings at the fair:

  • Integration and solutions for smaller and inland ports?
  • What kind of data is produced and what is interesting?
  • How could data work for you and how would modern technology help port on this?

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Maritime Safety & Security

maritime-safety-and-security-portlogistics-blog-akquinetThe terms “safety” and “security” represent two sides of the same coin:

  • Safety for aspects within the organization (such as occupational safety
  • Security for protecting against external factors that can have an impact on the organization

Bremerhaven University began offering its master’s degree program in “Integrated Safety & Security Management” in 2009. In this degree program, students learn the skills they need to maintain and improve the safety and security of an organizational unit at the management level. Prof. Holger Schütt, Managing Director of AKQUINET PORT CONSULTING, lectures here on the subjects “Risk identification in logistics processes and facilities” and “Mathematical methods in risk analysis”.

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How today’s students and future experts will change the port and terminal business

Inside view at the HSBA study programme Logistics Management

logistics-management-port-logistics-blog-akquinetThe Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) offers the dual study programme logistics management with a special focus on the logistics sector. In the lecture “Transport & Logistics IT” Prof. Dr. Jan Ninnemann, Academic Head BSc Logistics Management at HSBA, focuses on the IT and IT solutions for ports and terminals as a vital part of the supply chain. I was invited to present and discuss a case study on actual port and terminal IT solutions in a workshop. The participants of the course in the winter semester 18/19 were about twenty students, most of them in the fifth semester and in preparation of their bachelor thesis. They were studying in a dual approach with lectures at HSBA and working at Hapag Lloyd, the HHLA, Hermes or others.

After my introduction into the subject of the world trade, supply chain and the role of ports & terminals in this part, the course focused on particular solutions such as port community systems (PCS), terminals operating systems (TOS) and virtual terminal simulations to drive efficiency in today environment. The course was setup by Prof. Ninnemann in a workshop style, so during the case study the students developed a general view on the process from a terminal perspective and worked on the data requirements, IT systems used and the stakeholders in the process.

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Ports and Shipping conference – Highlights

ports-and-shipping-portlogistics-blog-akquinetAKQUINET presentation at the 10th Philippine Ports and Shipping 2019 conference in Manila

AKQUINET took part in a conference and trade show in the Philippines from February 19-21. The company’s exhibition booth highlighted its CHESSCON products for planning and optimizing container terminals in particular. Find Pictures from Philippine Ports and Shipping 2019 at the end of this article.

Prof. Holger Schütt, Managing Director of akquinet port consulting GmbH, also hosted the first three conference sessions:
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