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COUNTDOWN TO THE TERMINAL AUTOMATION AND TRAINING C-LEVEL NETWORKING CONFERENCE

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

It’s only a couple of weeks until we take part in the second Terminal Automation and Training Conference, organized by Port Technology. I’m proud to be sponsoring the conference for the second year running and really looking forward to some new discussions that are bound to be just as interesting and progressive as last year.

This year, I’ll be taking part in two of the panel sessions over the course of the two day event. The first is ‘Supply Chain Collaboration and Automation’ and the second, ‘Beyond moves per hour and terminals of the future’.

We’ve got a lot to say on both topics! Anyone that reads this blog will have noticed the focus we’ve given to terminal automation over the past few months. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into another debate on the principles and practicalities of better supply chain collaboration especially, and how automated technologies can facilitate and improve it. This topic was discussed by Futurist Gerd Leonhard in our recent report ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’, and it’s a subject we’ve been giving a lot of thought to since.

The conference brings together thought leaders in automation and training from across the shipping industry. There will be discussion on all stages of terminal automation, as well as the implications on port staff training and the need for simulation to facilitate this.

I’m very much looking forward to attending again, and I hope you’ll join me there.

To find out more and secure your place at the conference, visit: www.porttechnology.org/conference

 

 

THE RISE OF THE MACHINES OR SIMPLY EFFECTIVE AUTOMATION?

By Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Technology features in this blog on a regular basis and quite rightly so. Technology is already having a positive impact on our industry in many different ways, from improved communication and collaboration to safety and operational efficiencies. But the recent announcement by technology group, Wartsila, shows just how much further the industry can benefit from advances in automation.

Wartsila’s latest system automates on-board procedures to provide reliable and more efficient vessel manoeuvring which also reduces risk and improves safety. At a time when ship sizes are increasing and the industry as a whole is facing tough times, this is a positive development with obvious benefits. It is also, hopefully, the precursor to greater take up of automating technologies across the industry as a whole, whether on-board, landside or on jetties.

Our own research (see Preparing for the Port of the Future Report) showed how different marine audiences have different attitudes towards the adoption of smart technologies.  There was a definite appetite among shipping lines for ports and terminals to keep up with the pace of change and implement digital technologies more widely. Vessel stakeholders seem to have woken up to the value of automation and while landside operations have also matured, the survey results indicate facilities haven’t been as quickly upgraded on the jetty side. Half of shipping lines felt ports and terminals were immature in the implementation of smart technologies and lagged behind available technology, but noticeably, little more than a third of ports and terminals claim to have experienced increased pressure from shipping lines to automate.

This is a worrying gap, and one which mustn’t widen. Developments such as Wartsila’s highlight how ports and terminals are only going to face increasing pressure to adopt smart technologies and to keep up with advancing on-board technology. They do not want to be left behind. Finding out how your facility compares to the rest of the industry in terms of digital automation is an important exercise and a useful first step. This is why Trelleborg has developed an online tool that allows ports and terminals to assess their digital maturity, quickly and easily, and to find out how they compare automation-wise against the industry standard. Have a go at the Port and Terminal Automation Audit here.

NEW TERMINAL AUTOMATION AUDIT: SET THE INDUSTRY BENCHMARK

We have recently launched a new survey which aims to assess the digital maturity of global ports. The Terminal Automation Audit is intended to determine how ‘future ready’ international facilities are, by examining how advanced the use of ‘smart’ technology and data is across the industry.

The results of the survey will set the benchmark for a new industry assessment tool and feed into a report on the state of play in the industry now, with predictions for the future.

The Terminal Automation Audit takes the form of two surveys: one for terminal and port stakeholders, and a second for ship owners, builders and shipping lines.

From terminal and port owners and operators, we want to understand the current uptake of automated technologies, ongoing optimization, data use and future planning.

From shipping stakeholders, we’re keen to learn how much importance is placed on digital technologies at marine facilities, and how much automation plays a role on board.

To have your say and set the industry benchmark, click here for vessels, or here for terminals.

 

TRELLEBORG REPORT HIGHLIGHTS POTENTIAL OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Our latest Barometer Report, which discusses the issues impacting ports and terminals around the globe, revealed that over 40% of the port owners and operators surveyed have experienced an increase in throughput in the last twelve months.

To accommodate the higher levels of throughput, demanded by larger ships carrying more cargo, ports should look increasingly towards automated or ‘smart’ technologies.

Automated technology has a significant role to play in delivering greater operational efficiency, reducing unit costs by helping to process cargo more quickly and more consistently. This principle and drive for efficient turnaround should extend to the jetty side too. There is a vast opportunity to reduce human error and refine scheduling as vessels come in to port, berth and are dispatched.

While the wider transport and logistics sector is relatively advanced in its grasp and use of ‘smart’ technology, the ‘Internet of Things’ mentality is not necessarily translating quickly within ports and terminals. The more rapidly we take a smarter approach to connecting equipment, the quicker we can collect and analyze data from it – and the sooner we’ll improve efficiency.

With that in mind, it’s positive that 74% of those surveyed are open to new technologies, showing a willingness to adapt and improve. The industry is beginning to look forward and embrace new trends, which is reflected by the fact that so many are now using one or more forms of automated technology.

Only 7% say they don’t use any automated systems – instead, relying on human or manual guidance at their facilities. This is much less than last year, when 19% said the same, while in 2013 we observed that the market was lagging behind the technology available to it.

While the use of automated technologies continues to grow, so too does our commitment to taking a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency, and extending the automation that is becoming increasingly well-established on the land side, to the jetty side too. This commitment was highlighted by our recent acquisition of Marimatech, whose navigation and ship positioning product line utilize the latest ‘smart’ technology. These are to be integrated with our existing product range and will further strengthen our offering as a turnkey supplier of systems for both ship and terminal owners.

To download the Barometer Report 5, visit: http://ow.ly/VmYR3