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Monday, June 17, 2019

Operating Systems News

Thomas Rucker, president of Tideworks Technology

The Future of TOS

Can Your Technology Compete in Today's Terminal Operating Landscape? When it comes to terminal automation, ‘failing to plan means planning to fail.’Automation is not a one-size-fits all solution. And, while future terminal operations will necessarily involve technology and autonomous operations, is it also critical that operations are automated in a way that will best fit a terminal’s size, location and overall needs, meet customers’ changing expectations, while also providing ROI to shareholders. That’s a lot to ask.

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Navis Rolls-out Smart Tech

The terminal operating systems provider unveiled its new offering, ‘Navis Smart,’ providing new ways for container terminals and carriers alike to capture and process the abundance of available industry data to optimize planning, visibility and asset utilization.Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and the provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, said that Navis Smart is a layer of technology that will enable and connect Navis solutions…

Securing, Enhancing America’s Ports & Supply Chain

The American Association of Port Authorities and its membership recently looked ahead at the challenges and opportunities facing the Port Security Grant Program.In its annual “State of Freight” series, AAPA has highlighted the transportation infrastructure needs of U.S. ports, state transportation agencies and multimodal projects. In this final report in the State of Freight series, AAPA turns to the vital role that security infrastructure plays in moving goods.In 2002, Congress…

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COSCO Shipping Ports, Navis Join to Launch Center of Excellence

The terminal operating systems (TOS) provider announced a new partnership with COSCO Shipping Ports Limited (CSP), creating a joint Center of Excellence (CoE).Navis is a part of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain.Launched in September 2018, the center will deliver dedicated Navis and CSP resources for N4 implementation projects…

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APM Terminals Rolls-out GC3 Initiative

APM Terminals’ new Global Core Competency Centre (GC3) will ensure that the company not only continues to lead in terms of technology, but will proactively re-think how technology can drive company growth.The GC3 commenced in July with more than half of its employees already onboard, but launched officially this month in Algeciras, Spain.“The vision is to create an internal technical centre to meet the demands of our business in the areas of Terminal Operating Systems (TOS), Asset Digitization and Workforce Management,” explains Richard Ventre, Global IT Director at APM Terminals.

Navis Taps Krishnamoorthy to Drive Tech Development

Terminal operating systems (TOS) provider Navis, part of Cargotec Corporation, announced that former Sabre and PayPal leader Lakshmanan “Laks” Krishnamoorthy has joined the company as Vice President and General Manager of Engineering.In his new post, Krishnamoorthy is tasked with driving technology innovation and leading product and service development for the N4 TOS, XVELA, Navis Carrier and Vessel Solutions (NCVS) and future business lines. He is the latest technology leader…

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BAE Systems, Flinders University to Train Shipbuilding Workforce

A new agreement between BAE Systems Australia and Flinders University will see students and industry working together to develop new ways to provide Australia’s defence force with the evolving capability it needs and train the shipbuilding workforce of the future. BAE Systems is one of three companies bidding to build nine Anti-Submarine Warships for the Royal Australian Navy. The company is proposing an Australian variant of the Global Combat Ship currently being manufactured in the UK for the Royal Navy.

The CMA-CGM Ben Franklin, an 18,000 TEU containership, was, in 2015, the largest vessel to call on a U.S. port.) (Photo: Marad)

Managing the New Panamax Containerships

The explosive growth of international boxships is challenging not only the physical infrastructure of North American ports, but also the very nature of the existing supply chains that they impact. The recent dialogue on container shipping has been all about so-called “mega-ships;” those vessels that with larger capacity than those that are already in service at any point in time. In the container trades, as in tanker and drybulk arenas, ocean-going vessels are one link, albeit an important component, within broader supply chains.

File photo: Maersk containerships at Pier 400 in Los Angeles (Photo: APM Terminals)

Maersk Expects Client Business Back to Normal by Monday

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk expects client-facing operations to return to normal by Monday and is resuming container deliveries at its major ports following a cyber attack on Tuesday. 'We expect that by Monday we'll be back to something that looks a lot more like a normalised state of business again,' Vincent Clerc, chief commercial officer at the company's shipping unit Maersk Line, told Reuters in a telephone interview. 'We take the core operating systems for Maersk Line and APM Terminals up first…

Manzanillo International Terminal (Photo: Tideworks)

Tideworks Launches New TOS Data Platform

Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software solutions, has introduced Tideworks Insight, a real-time and historical data platform. The new product is now in operation at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama after a successful beta partnership, and is available for implementation at other terminals. “We are thrilled to add Tideworks Insight to our list of product offerings,” said Michael Schwank, president of Tideworks.

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Strainstall's CWS Earns EU Type Approval

Strainstall, a provider of container weighing systems and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurements and Regulatory Office (NMRO) for its innovative Container Weight System (CWS). Strainstall’s CWS EU-type approval enables complete compliance to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment for the verification of container weights, which came into force July 1, 2016.

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FMC Oks Virginia/Georgia Port Agreement

Port authorities in Virginia and Georgia will be allowed to engage in discussions about a variety of commercial and operational topics as a result of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voting to allow the "East Coast Port Gateway Terminal Agreement" to go into effect. The Virginia Port Authority and the Georgia Ports Authority filed their agreement with the Commission on February 24, 2017. Their agreement becomes effective Monday, April 10. Under the terms of the agreement…

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Simulation: The Centre for Marine Simulation

St. CMS operates a range of marine simulation equipment that covers a broad range of marine and offshore activities. Much of the equipment is highly specialized and unique including fully motion capable simulators. The center also provides technical management and support of simulation equipment that is used by other parts of the Marine Institute. CMS simulation activities can be divided into three main areas; Training, Industrial Response, and Applied Research. To support these…

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GPA, VPA File East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement

The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority filed on Friday, Feb. The agreement encourages voluntary cooperation in the areas of operational and supply chain efficiencies, safety, communications and customer service. “The U.S. East Coast continues to see larger vessels and cargo exchanges since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal last year,” VPA CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart and GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said in a joint statement. “Increasingly…

New Plans for Nova Scotia Container Facility

Ports America and Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) have announced an agreement for the promotion, development and management of Novaporte, the marine container facility in the Port of Sydney, Nova Scotia. SHIP has exclusive development rights to approximately 500 acres in the Port of Sydney and, with the support of Ports America and a specially formed development group, will build a dedicated, semi-automated, deep-water marine container facility capable of handling 18,000+ TEU vessels. Building will commence after establishing sufficient customer volume commitments.

(L-R) Richard Bradley, Finance Director, Dyer Engineering, and Graeme Parkins, Managing Director, Hy-Dynamix with the new Hy-Weigh Container Weighing solution (Photo: Hy-Dynamix)

Portable Container Weighing Offers Cost Savings

Engineering firm Hy-Dynamix has teamed up with Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd (DLM) to build new wireless reporting technology into its portable container weighing solution, the Hy-Weigh. The four-corner hydraulic jack system, launched in May, raises containers in situ, and is now operable in a wide range of high and low temperatures, maintaining an accuracy reading of +/-2%, which is required to satisfy the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weighing requirements.

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Upgrade Preps Port of Heysham for Larger RoRos

A new link-span bridge at the Port of Heysham is set to increase throughput at the Lancashire port by allowing it to accommodate larger RoRo vessels operating on the Irish Sea. The £10 million investment by owners Peel Ports will create a fourth berth for freight and passenger traffic and help operators to respond more effectively to growing demand. The funding will also see a new pontoon built to support offshore crew transfer vessels, a new port entrance created and various improvements to the port IT and terminal operating systems.

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Kalmar Bags Crowley Order for Top Loaders, Reachstackers

Kalmar has received orders for seven top loaders from Crowley Liner Services for operation in Jacksonville and Port Everglades, Florida, and eight reachstackers from Crowley Puerto Rico Services for operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The orders were booked in Cargotec's 2016 second quarter order intake, with delivery taking place during the first quarter of 2017. Crowley is investing heavily in new vessels, terminal upgrades, and terminal operating systems to facilitate growth.

Valentin Rakutins, Director of BSM MTC Cyprus presenting the new bridge simulator (Photo: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement)

BSM Adds Simulators at Cyprus Training Center

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has invested in a Full Mission Bridge and an Engine Room simulator for its training center in Limassol, Cyprus, allowing BSM to offer training for the career development of its own officers, as well as external training for participants in the region. Training will include STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) courses as well as tailor-made customer courses to the advanced level required for Deck and Engineer officers.

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Cyber Security: Wake Up Call

Before any vessel gets ready to head out to sea, shore-based personnel and onboard crew run down a lengthy list of safety, compliance and regulatory checks, all part of a standard risk management exercise. What’s often not on that list is an invisible, but looming risk that if ignored, could leave ships off course, off schedule or even dead in the water, thanks to infected computer systems, phony or corrupted charts and blocked communications signals. Cyber crime has come of age in the maritime sector.

Transmitter fitted on Head block Photo APM

Container Weighing at 29 APM Locations

The Hague, Netherlands - With just 50 days until SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) comes into force APM Terminals is taking the lead to ensure a smooth transition into the new regulatory environment facing over 120 million containers entering the international supply chain. Under international law from 1st July, 2016 shippers are required to provide a VGM for every container before it can be loaded with the shipping line. In 2014, the International Maritime organization (IMO), the agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating international seaborne trade…

RedPort XGate Now Includes PredictWind Weather Service

Newly available version of RedPort XGate satellite email and data services suite now includes PredictWind weather forecasting service, letting users select, download and view marine weather forecasts over satellite and cellular networks. RedPort Global announced the immediate availability of a new version of XGate, now including the PredictWind Offshore weather-forecasting app. XGate is an independent satellite data acceleration service letting people easily and affordably access accelerated email, web, weather data, social media and blogging wherever they go.

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Caterpillar Acquires ESRG Technologies Group

Caterpillar Marine has announced  it has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group, LLC, a vessel monitoring and data analytics leader in the marine industry. The acquisition includes ESRG’s comprehensive software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than 65 on-board systems as well as the expertise to provide meaningful recommendations to ship owners to help increase efficiency, reduce downtime on their vessels and assist shipyards in reducing warranty expenses.

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Caterpillar Acquires ESRG Technologies

Caterpillar Marine has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group, LLC, a vessel monitoring and data analytics company in the marine industry. The acquisition includes ESRG’s software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than 65 on-board systems as well as the expertise to provide meaningful recommendations to ship owners to help increase efficiency, reduce downtime on their vessels and assist shipyards in reducing warranty expenses. Headquartered in Virginia Beach…

Davao Sasa Port. Pic:  Philippine Ports Authority Port Mananagement Office of Davao

Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project Attracts 6 Firms

Six local and foreign firms have expressed interest to construct a modern Davao Sasa Port, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Philippines said. The companies that purchased the bid documents include Anflocor, Netherlands-based global operator APMT, Asian Terminals Inc., French conglomerate Bollore, Singapore-based Portek and San Miguel Corporation. “This shows the enormous potential of the Davao region. The construction of a modernized port in Sasa will help meet the growing demand for world-class port services in Davao,” DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya said.

Keith Saunders

Management Appointments at Modern Terminals

Modern Terminals Limited (MTL), Hong Kong’s longest established container terminal operator, today announced the appointment of Mr. Keith Saunders as its new Managing Director – Hong Kong, effective from 1st February 2016. Mr. Saunders will lead Modern Terminals’ Brand Promises initiatives in Hong Kong, especially in the areas of operational excellence, innovation and infrastructure development. Mr. Saunders brings three decades of container terminal and operating systems experience to Modern Terminals. Prior to joining the company, Mr.