Cyberattacks cause millions in damage to ports

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When it comes to safety and security in maritime logistics, cybersecurity is the central focus. Incidents like the NotPetya attack on Maersk are impressive signs that we can’t let our guard down. To the contrary: sustained efforts will be needed to defend against cyberattacks. In a current position paper, the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) in Bremen tackles this subject and describes the measures needed to mitigate the risks from cyberspace.

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Data handling is key to cargo handling – The Port of Today

the-port-of-today-portlogistics-blog-akquinet14th SPC evening event focusing on digitalization – September 12, 2019

The latest software tools are essential to managing the flows of goods at sea ports and hinterland hubs – that was the general agreement among the speakers and 60 trade visitors at the evening event on September 12, “The Port of Today”, organized by the ShortSeaShipping Inland Waterway Promotion Center (SPC) at the Pegelbar in the Port of Neuss.

Marcus Nölle (SPC) about the port of today

“The demands on sea ports, which are no longer merely transshipping sites, but also offer value-added services, continue to increase relentlessly: digitalization, port safety and security, and growing ship sizes – those are the main topics,”

said SPC Managing Director Markus Nölke.

“The better and more modern a port is, the greater the likelihood that it will actually be used.”

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Digital Twins to Improve Efficiency by Forecasting Upcoming Bottle-Necks

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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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