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10 Pre-Requisites for Smart Terminals: 2019 Update

TBA’s chief Dr. Yvo Saanen provides an update on his previous paper, focusing on the development of smart terminals. In 2018, the first version of this paper was published, reflecting on the technologies that bring value to ports and terminals, yet also reviewing the level to which these technologies have been adopted. The conclusion then […]

20 Years of High-Definition Simulation in the Port Industry

More than 20 years of operations, 1,000 projects across 250-plus terminals, over 500 man-years spent on simulation. Sound crazy? This the story so far for TBA, which is improving the quality of decision-making in ports and terminals. Multi-million projects require a firm foundation of decisionmaking, which solid models can provide. At the time we started […]

Green Shipping to the Fore

Shipping is the unsung hero and loyal servant of world trade and plays a pivotal role in facilitating many economic activities. Few industries, businesses and consumers are not touched, infl uenced or aff ected by shipping, by virtue of the fact that 95% of global trade is carried through seaborne means. Ships of all types and sizes carry a stunning range of cargoes […]

AGV Versus Lift AGV Versus ALV

It is a recurring question in the planning of automated terminals: what is the ‘best’ mode of horizontal transportation? For many, horizontal transportation is seen as one of the most complex components of terminal robotisation, and this is right in my view. The horizontal transportation system connects two (more expensive) pieces of equipment (the stacking system and the quay cranes), and therefore always fulfils the […]

The Journey of CONTROLS: DP World Antwerp

This year, TBA is proudly celebrating ‘10 years CONTROLS’, TBA’s innovative and leading emulation tool. In a series of articles, The Journey of CONTROLS will take you around the world, bringing you to various terminals who are using emulation and sharing their stories. In this second episode, we will write about the usage of CONTROLS […]

Entering the Maritime Sector: Logistics 4.0

The steam engine. Electricity. Automation. The Internet of Things: these 4 terms describe the evolution of industrial progress in roughly the last 2 eras. The Internet of Things – also addressed as the fourth wave in industrial development, or as the ‘digitisation’ of industry – offers various opportunities to the port sector. Machines, devices, containers, […]

TBA: The Journey of Controls

Let’s begin in 2003 when TBA started to develop a first emulation model for a container terminal. At that time at the ECT Delta terminal in Rotterdam, a replacement of the TOS and Equipment Control System (ECS) was being planned. In order to obtain preliminary performance results simulation models both for the TOS and for […]

New Paper: Innovation and process optimisation drive success

The Ports of Auckland operates New Zealand’s largest container-based port. The terminals are situated in the heart of Auckland and hence have the largest consumer market in the country on their doorstep. More than 2 million people (out of 4.5 million in New Zealand) live in Auckland. Despite this relatively small population, large volumes of […]

Free Paper: The Operational Philosophy of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a port of pioneers. It always has been. It has a long tradition of applying ground-breaking technologies and processes. From the 'crazy' plan of Pieter Caland in 1862 to construct the New Waterway, to the high tech Euromax Terminal and the world-leading information exchange system Portbase. Innovation flows through the Port of Rotterdam […]

TOS Systems to Drive Bulk Boom

Unlike the container terminal environment, where using a terminal operating system (TOS) is a standard prerequisite, the bulk and general cargo sectors are so operationally diverse that the market place for TOS systems is still not clearly established. A survey of the sector would reveal numerous terminals using spreadsheets, others using in house or bespoke […]

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