Port of the future these days – Knowing how water moves goods

port-port-logistics-spc-theme-evening-akquinetTake part at the spc theme evening: September 12th 2019 in Neuss:

The port of the future these days: dbh Logistics IT and the SPC will invite to give an overview of digitisation possibilities at the port and the terminal

Together with the dbh Logistics IT, spc and IDENTEC Solutions we target the inland ports in Germany for this meeting to discuss the approach to challenges of today. The exchange has been triggered by SPC to offer a platform where the inland ports can get a view on different solutions that are available already today on the market and that do not have to wait for the future.

At the SPC evening event the headline is about port these days and what the future brings. In that sense we want to discuss with the ports and terminals that evening about what might already be there and available that is anticipated as something to come in future years only.

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Digital Twins to Improve Efficiency by Forecasting Upcoming Bottle-Necks

digital-twin-port-logistics-blog-photo-akquinetHistory of simulation in ports

Simulation technology has been used in the branch of ports and terminals since the 80ies of the last century for terminal layout planning and rough operational strategies. It became a standard methodology for answering questions, which are occurring during the various phases of a terminal:

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Planners and terminal operators are not only looking at Greenfield terminals, also Brownfield ones (existing terminals with re-organisation or extension needs) are analysed using this technology to find the optimal mixture of equipment and layout decisions. E.g. Transnet’s Capacity Planning Group is checking each investment request from any of their South African terminals and in complex situation they simulate to secure the decision.

Beginning with the development of first fully automated terminals in the 90ies (ECT/Rotterdam, CTA/Hamburg) also emulation technology was implemented in this branch, resulting in Virtual Terminals, which provide test beds for the terminal Operation Systems (TOS) and for the start-up of terminals. In this case the simulation model of the terminal is directly connected to a test-instance of the TOS. In this way strategy improvements are tested before going live on the real terminal.

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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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