Busan New Container Terminal Selects CyberLogitec OPUS Terminal Solution

05 March 2019, Korea – Leading maritime, port/terminal and logistics information technology (IT) solutions provider CyberLogitec, signed an agreement with Busan New Container Terminal (BNCT) to implement the highly-integrated terminal operating system, OPUS Terminal, at Busan New Port Terminals. With the OPUS Terminal solution, BNCT will experience an improved competitiveness, from a simplified operational workflow, increasing their ports efficiency, productivity and response agility. The OPUS Terminal solution is exceedingly flexible and scalable, allowing BNCT to meet the future needs of their terminals.

“By signing this contract,” said John Elliott, BNCT’s President and CEO, “I am excited to secure a great partnership with CyberLogitec and future for BNCT. I am especially grateful for the huge effort invested by both BNCT and CyberLogitec staff who have conducted a very thorough analysis that enabled us to decide, with great confidence, that CyberLogitec will provide the future terminal operating system for the most advanced terminal in Korea. It is clear to BNCT that CyberLogitec’s proven ability will deliver the reliability, system control and operational flexibility that will lead to improvements in our productivity and efficiency so that we can deliver superior services to BNCT’s customers over the long-term future.”

“A high-performance terminal operating system must have the ability to assist the terminal operators to improve cost inefficiencies, be flexible, scalable and ultimately lead to improved terminal productivity,’ said Son-Jeong MIN, Product Manager – Terminal solution, CyberLogitec. “We are committed to promote our solutions competitiveness using business intelligence and leveraging on big data for accurate operation analysis and forecasting. Building on our strong and robust relationship with BNCT, we can drive innovation and efficiency of the terminal operations to create the terminal of tomorrow.”

OPUS Terminal is a highly integrated terminal operating system (TOS) that manages the entire terminal operations from gate to yard to ship. The solution’s advanced features give terminals the ability to quickly move ships in and out of their terminals. Accommodating the needs of both container and multi-purpose terminals, OPUS Terminal allows the entire operation to be managed under a single integrated platform. This is achieved through combined planning, operation, EDI and management supporting systems. OPUS Terminal has been successfully deployed at more than 30 terminals globally, including mega terminal installations namely DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminals in UAE and Westports in Malaysia.

BNCT is an independent full-service container terminal operator with a current capacity of 2.5 million TEU. Claimed as the most advanced terminal in Korea, BNCT can berth up to 3 of the world’s largest container vessels simultaneously with its 1,400 meter long deep-water quay, and is equipped with the most technologically advanced assets to support the entire terminal operation.

The signing ceremony between Busan New Container Terminal (BNCT) and CyberLogitec was held at BNCT office. 

From left:  John M. Elliott, President and CEO – BNCT Co., Ltd and Jang-Rim Choi, CEO – CyberLogitec Group

 

For more information, visit www.cyberlogitec.com
Media contact: Jas Foo, Senior Marketing Manager, CyberLogitec
Contact email: jas.foo@cyberlogitec.com

Smart Is The New Small

Digital transformation has been bringing sweeping changes across all industries. In shipping, the evolution has been progressive but slow. Ironic for an industry that has a key role in almost every industry in the global marketplace today. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea. But the reality is the shipping industry has been experiencing the drag of slow growth hampered by great operational complexities, stiff competition, evolving cross-border challenges and shrinking margins.

Overcapacity and uncertainty in the global economic and political climate have been keeping freight rates depressed, while rising oil prices, vessel charter and operational costs add pressure on shipping lines to run a tighter ship. In order to move more, and move faster, carriers have been trending towards bigger vessels that can carry bigger cargo volumes to achieve higher economies of scale. These mega ships need larger ports with the capacity, equipment and technologies that can support the most efficient vessel turnaround times.

With the bigger ports caught in the snarl of handling ultra-size vessels along increasingly congested trade routes, the initiated small and midsized ports are already readying themselves for the cascade of large vessels redeployed their way. Investments in infrastructure along with the right smart port technologies, processes and partners will give smaller players big advantages. In addition to more power to lure some vessel traffic from rival ports, smaller smart ports gain the agility to ride high on the wave of the shipping world’s new normal.

First Mover Advantage

Indonesia Port Corporation’s (IPC) Pelindo II, for one, has been playing it smart for a while now. The Indonesian state-owned enterprise has been undergoing vast transformation in recent years with ongoing improvements by way of hard and soft infrastructure.

When IPC kick started plans to implement a new Terminal Operating System (TOS) for all the terminals under its operation, it selected TOS provider CyberLogitec to realize its I.T. and TOS system implementation investment. From grooming talents and adopting information and communications technologies, to adding new equipment, facilities and ports, Pelindo II recorded achievements of sizeable growth in revenue and container traffic within a short timeframe.

Doing Big Things

A lower cost base, agility and adaptability to change are key reasons midsized ports are making relatively swifter migration to smart port technologies.

These intelligent digital solutions are helping growing ports to connect man, machines and methods all along the value chain to uncover new value and differentiated growth opportunities that set them apart from the big boys.

Linking all lines of communications together, every aspect of the logistics chain can be managed and controlled from vessel to gate. Incorporating integrated intelligence, big-thinking ports can deploy Internet of Things (IoT) technology onto their infrastructure and equipment to enable resources and processes to interact and exchange ‘live’ data, empowering higher performance from the day-to-day operations to the highest level of strategic management. With vital port logistics processes tracked in real time, smaller ports can gain even more agility, optimizing resources while reducing errors and unplanned disruptions. 

Another significant trend in favor of smaller players is the rise of smart port solutions tuned to their needs.

Most TOS solutions are primarily designed for container handling ports. Yet, many small and midsized terminals operate with both containerized and general cargo handling. With more and more carriers starting or expanding their multipurpose services, we are seeing a comeback trend of break bulk cargo, which is proving to be a fast-growing forte for small and midsized ports to meet this change of tides. 

Turning to the Cloud

Conventional TOS solutions are implemented on-premise and require ports to carry the burden of investment on the IT infrastructure and equipment, and to retain a team of IT resources to manage and maintain them, needing to constantly keep the IT equipment up-to-date and worry about infrastructure security. This creates a high initial capital investment and high recurring IT costs.

But forward-thinking ports are smart. They know big change can start small. Whether is it to begin by automating a particular section of yard processes, or connecting a pool of people who used to work in isolation, complexities can be reduced and efficiencies gained along with new opportunities for optimization and, yes, innovation.

Small ports also know that if there’s a will, there’s a way. And one of these ways is a cloud-based solution.

Many digital solutions today are readily available in subscription-based models. For ports of every size, cloud-based is synonymous with lower upfront costs, quicker set up and deployment centrally from the cloud.

A robust TOS, for one, is an advanced terminal operating system for small and midsized container terminals with the capability of handling other cargo types. The system gives smaller players the capabilities afforded to their larger counterparts, yet it makes good sense for the ‘big boys’ as well.

A new business case

With the right solutions, port operators can automate and centralize standard operation procedure management and optimize business processes in a way that maximizes productivity and profitability. Inbuilt intelligent algorithms help operations personnel plan, schedule, and forecast operational requirements of vessels, yard and container handling equipment in a smart and optimized way. Data updates are synchronized in real time on all devices to assist the operation of job activities, especially when exceptions arise.

Using SmartLink EDI as an illustration, digitalized documentation can be linked to logistics partner systems so that there is clear visibility of business data across all links of the supply chain. The terminal can engage in electronic exchange of information with multiple industry organizations, including customs and port authorities, terminals and shipping lines, facilitating more efficient and transparent handling of complicated issues. Efficiency is upped, mistakes are reduced and costly downtime avoided. The terminal becomes better able to scale up volume without too much additional investment in workforce and equipment strength.

A multipurpose TOS is capable of handling all types of cargo from cars to containers and bulk commodities and has scalability to manage multiple terminals in a single configuration. Fully customizable, configurable and adaptable to the dynamic needs of each terminal, the system ensures all aspects of operations can be managed in real-time while keeping track of all cargo movements.

Entirely HTML5-based, and operable on all devices, the solution enables users to access the applications anytime, anywhere even on their mobile devices as long as there is internet connectivity. From a single-window view with highly intuitive user interface comprising of rich graphics, yard operators can easily zoom in and out of the yard with full 3D visibility including ability to view into in-between container stacks.

Moving seamlessly from screen to screen, users enjoy information at their fingertips that aids close monitoring of yard operations. Built to be highly adaptive to change, CyberLogitec’s latest innovation is scalable to accommodate the growing demands of progressive ports.

Summary

In the long run, container traffic is projected to be on the rise particularly in the emerging economies of the world. While they cannot physically compete with large ports in their capabilities to serve today’s mega vessels, smaller ports can leverage smart technologies to reinvent themselves and cruise comfortably into the new era of shipping.

From Good to Great – Making the TOS Leap 1.0

From Good to Great – Making the TOS Leap 1.0

Ports play a major maritime role in a country’s economic development. The terminal industry therefore has to end its divisive nature and embrace a more collaborative view of things in order to be successful.
In the book ‘From Good To Great’ authored by Jim Collins, it is suggested that one of the keys to success in any organization is by identifying a single area where they can be best at, and to focus on being the best in that area. The book explains that the move from good to great is achieved by the level of discipline the company maintains in its business in order for it to thrive and be sustainable in the long run.

Likewise, the success of a terminal can be measured with a few key factors in mind, such as the ability to leverage advanced technology, and nurturing the human capital that contributes to the growth of the industry. So terminals who desire to move from good to great must understand the requirements to shift from long-term mediocrity to becoming a port of excellence.

Here are two ways to identify a great and thriving terminal.

  1. Great Automation
    The rise of globalization has led to an increase in International Seaborne Trade which has in turn led to a rise in port operations. To improve operational efficiency at the ports, operators have also started recognizing the need to automate their operations to support the increase in demand of trade. A great terminal will engage in advanced connected systems that provide flexibility and visibility across its port and terminal network. When information and data is gathered in real-time, decisions can be made quickly to effectively manage the yard performance of the terminals. Automated equipment handling is also leveraging advanced technology to provide improved performance, safety and control.Technology has a way of improving efficiency and differentiating terminals from competition. And it will work best if standardization takes place and processes are well aligned with business goals. On a larger scale, standardization of workflows and processes cut away complexities and streamline processes to smoothen operations.
  2. Great Service Excellence
    Shippers and forwarders are always on the lookout for flexible and available booking options. Delivering great service means that businesses should be responsive to the needs of the client as well as provide consistent and good quality service. One key indicator that delivery service hasn’t been up to mark, is poor documentation, which leads to slow response to customer’s queries. Ship management firms can offer tailored services that enhances communications with owners and to build mutual trust.Organizational initiatives need to be in place to boost the service quality for the industry to see an improvement in quality. One of the ways to address this, as the book suggests, is to empower and motivate its people so that collectively, they will be driven by an unrelenting sense of determination to improve its service delivery.As companies make decisions and take meaningful steps to affirm their core competencies, they inevitably kickstart a positive momentum that can lead to greatness.

Safiport Derince Chooses CyberLogitec Terminal Operating Solution

13th November 2018, Singapore – CyberLogitec, the leading maritime and port/terminal IT solutions provider, has been awarded the contract by Safiport Derince, to implement the CyberLogitec OPUS Terminal, an advanced terminal operating system (TOS), for their newest container terminal in the Marmara Region in Turkey. The project implementation began in July 2018, and is expected to go-live in 1Q of 2019.

Safiport Derince is a greenfield port project, it is aiming to be the greatest industrial port of the New Turkey. It has a dock 2.5 km long with 18 meters of water draft. The current port area is 600,000 square meters, and it will be increased to 1.2 million square meters. Based on its strategic structure and location, Safiport Derince aims to raise its annual container capacity to 2.5 million TEU in the future.

We have established Safiport to become the most advanced container terminal operator in Turkey. It is our goal to be recognized as the most advanced terminal operator in Turkey. By implementing CyberLogitec’s OPUS Terminal, we believe that Safi will be able to better support its customers, streamline operational processes and enhance efficiency,

said Safiport Derince IT Manager, Tanzer GENÇ.

We are very excited that Safiport Derince has selected CyberLogitec and OPUS Terminal as their technology partners as they strive to become the leading container terminal operator in Turkey. Our commitment to deliver is a testament to CyberLogitec’s value-added services, quality of delivery and technology innovation. We are looking forward to working with Safiport, while supporting them in their effort to become the most recognized terminal and logistics player in Turkey,

says CyberLogitec Global Managing Director, Youn-Keun Lee.

OPUS Terminal is a highly integrated terminal operating system (TOS) that manages the entire terminal from gate to yard to ship. The solution’s advanced features give terminals the ability to quickly move ships in and out of their terminals. Accommodating the needs of both container and multi-purpose terminals, OPUS terminal allows the entire operation to be managed under a single integrated platform through combined planning, operation, EDI and management supporting systems. OPUS Terminal has been successfully deployed at more than 30 terminals globally.

For more information, visit www.cyberlogitec.com
Media contact: Jas Foo, Senior Marketing Manager, CyberLogitec
Contact email: jas.foo@cyberlogitec.com

How Far Have We Sailed?

It comes with no surprise that digital transformation is slowly but surely, changing the maritime game. Every industry in fact, has in one way or another been affected by it. The reality is, change is the only constant. Whether we like it or not, innovation is picking up speed, and we need to remain poised for a future where logistics and ocean supply chain are transformed by new technological advancements.

Take Singapore for example. Today the nation is a shipping hub for maritime business, renowned for its port facilities, ship repairs and newbuilds. PSA was founded in 1819 and by 1982, Singapore became the world’s busiest port, achieving one million TEUs per year for the first time.  As Singapore continues to aggressively innovate, PSA now handles 74 million TEUs at its port projects around the world, with its flagship Singapore Terminals contributing to 33 million TEUs. Just this year, CMA CGM’s Ze Box and PSA unboXed have partnered to drive digitalization and innovation in the shipping and supply chain ecosystem through a series of programs. Innovation and even collaborative partnerships do well to harness an acceleration of growth and efficiency.

So exactly how far have we sailed?

Throughout the world, equipment manufacturers, ship operators, freight forwarders, software technology companies are already on projects in the hope of realising operational productivity and improved customer experience through digital innovation. The Port of Rotterdam’s port call optimisation platform, Pronto, developed with Dutch startup Teqplay, has allowed vessel operators to cut waiting times at the port by up to 20%, for example. London-based CargoMate has developed a platform that helps containerships minimise delays in port, allowing them to sail slower and save fuel.

In the same way, having a holistic view of data sources, where it is collated, exchanged, shared and analysed also plays a key role in being a positive contributor to the market and ensuring the business remains nimble. That is one of the ways to remain competitive, delivering quality service efficiently. There are needs for standardization and collaboration so collectively the ecosystem of liners and carriers can leverage on information to make right business decisions.

In today’s standards, without that level of connectivity nor transparency, we will not see an advanced ocean supply chain trajectory. For the industry to sail full steam ahead, we must remain poised for the future in order to see growth and efficiency in the ocean supply chain.

Container Ports: 2 Ways To Fast Track Transformational Change

What shippers really want to know the timeliness of the vessel’s arrival, that the port will have allocated delivery trucks and cranes ready to service them at berth. They need the port to be flexible to manage their transhipment requirements, and re-organise cargo in response to unanticipated circumstances. They also need ports to be proactive with solutions such as automated regulatory clearance for their cargo.

For container ports and terminals thinking digitalization for added capabilities and agility, here are two good kickstart moves:

  1. Set Your Standards Right
    Before digitization can happen, there must be standardization. As Maritime Research and Advisory firm Drewry puts it, “Technology innovation can only work when you have standardization.” That means defining the specific requirements for each function and procedures for every process throughout the value chain. When companies begin to standardize your workflows and processes, you cut complexities and clear the way for ideas that can lead to new ways of doing business.On a larger scale, standardization also gives ports the basis for information sharing, and facilitating trade and integration within the organization and throughout the value chain. In short, setting the right standards help companies connect and collaborate better, which is essentially the heart of digitization itself – people, machines and processes working seamlessly to drive business goals and benefits for safety, efficiency and the environment.
  2. Build Transformative Partnerships
    One of the most important elements of success in this digital economy is a company’s ability to build partnerships for sustainable growth. “We’re seeing organizations in the port space—authorities, operators, service providers, third-party logistics companies, and forwarders—doing more and more to improve the end-to-end supply chain.” McKinsey & Company[1]
    The digital economy is the sharing economy. Sharing information and sharing strengths to gain a bigger business advantage. Some shipping lines have already been doing it, where new models of cohesiveness are borne. In collaborative shipping, multiple shippers bundle cargos into one vessel on the same route. This results in higher fill rates, reduced transportation costs overall and, it’s simply a greener way to go.

“Global trade is growing, albeit slowly. More terminals are shifting to automated systems in the first steps to digitization,” says Mr Lee Youn-Kuen, Managing Director, CyberLogitec Global Pte Ltd. “True effectiveness entails a cohesive platform that can tightly integrate disparate equipment and systems at the terminal. Advanced solutions such as OPUS Terminal offers port operators a highly integrated TOS platform that provides visibility and coverage of the port. This facilitates pro-active decision making so that operations can work productively,” he adds.

On the port level, two main terminals in the port of Hong Kong[2] ‑ Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Trust and Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP) – have consolidated their operations to form the Combined Terminals creating additional capacity, increasing flexibility in berth and yard planning. Terminal operators are also joining hands with major shipping lines. Singapore terminal operator PSA has seen throughput grow 9%[3] to reach 33.35m TEUs, a result attributed to PSA’s partnering with French ocean carrier CMA CGM.

New alliances can also be formed with knowledge experts outside the industry. In 2017, shipping giant Maersk and IBM unveiled the world’s first block chain digital solution for shipping. The ground-breaking platform caters to the multifarious needs of shippers, freight forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and customs authorities. It is poised to help users “manage and track the paper trail of tens of millions of shipping containers across the world by digitizing the supply chain process from end-to-end to enhance transparency and the highly secure sharing of information among trading partners.[4]” IBM reckons, when adopted at scale, this vast digital ecosystem will help the industry save billions.

For container ports and terminals operating in today’s tumultuous shipping industry landscape, the customer is king. To attract shippers and lines, ports need to acquire new capabilities and agilities fast, to differentiate themselves from competition and to stay in the game.

Driving New Frontiers 2.0

Smart Business Goals

Within the terminal supply chain, there are many stakeholders involved in delivering end-to-end service to customers. In the world of larger ports and bigger ships, a flexible and modular-based TOS architecture understands that multi-terminal and mix-cargo terminal operations have different complexities, which means there isn’t a one-size-fits-all system. Whether deployed on premise or on the cloud, with plenty of features useful to cater to the needs of the multi-terminal or mix-cargo requirements, the operating system becomes an important part of powering the daily operations of the terminal.

Operational processes are fast becoming more complex and it is challenging us to take a hard look at the status quo of the maritime supply chain. It is therefore time to harness technologies to effectively unlock greater performance for the port and better service delivery for end customers. Smart ports can therefore visualize a new era, restoring port productivity to the industry

Driving New Frontiers 1.0

The ocean container shipping industry is facing many issues, with weak demands and oversupply of slots. The truth is terminals can visualize a new era, restoring port productivity to the industry. To remain competitive, a good terminal operating system (TOS) should be optimized for the future as it grows with the business.

Smart planning

Under a single umbrella, a good TOS will be a well-connected platform with a single real-time visibility with solutions that come with clear 3D and 2D yard views to facilitate decision making. This gives rich graphical details within a single interface as terminal crew can quickly zoom in and out of the yard providing yard container information and vessel discharging activities thus elevating visibility.

Smart operations

To power a smart port into the future, having a global pooling system that is well-managed by an intelligent TOS eliminates the complexities of juggling the equipment manually. By managing its resources and equipment, it discharges its plan based on an intelligent algorithm that considers the Internal Terminal Vehicle (ITV) workload and the yard movement sequence in real time. By assigning the closest ITV to its targeted container, it maximizes operational efficiency as time and cost savings are key metrics for a productive port.

Change is Here to Stay

The old paradigm of change was applying technology to automate simple processes and operations, but today’s wave of change has gone beyond that. It is now about leveraging on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data to collect intelligent data generated by multiple processes, and support change management at a higher level.

Big Data is an integral part of ALLEGRO’s yield management process as it maximizes profitability by validating pricing, capacity and cargo type each time a booking is created. This allows for real time revenue management and improved business decision making. The adoption of the right technology is about understanding that change is inevitable in order for businesses to remain relevant.

One of the key factors of change, is about realizing new innovation can power businesses to be productive.

Having the Right Mindset

The truth is, no new technologies are without drawbacks. There is always a learning curve, and that unlearning of the old and relearning of new processes and systems. Understandably, legacy systems and old working habits are hard to let go, but to embrace new processes a flexible mentality must be adopted for organisations to stay relevant. Workers need to upgrade their skills and gain the confidence to thrive in such a competitive world. It is important not to succumb to fear but maintain an optimistic stance, keep up with the times and prepare for the inevitable disruption.

The maritime industry is not immune to the opportunity of technological advancements. In fact, companies should be leveraging on the downtime to take action now. Deep transformation is needed, starting with change management practices through to the adoption of new technological platforms to drive innovation and thrive, not just survive, in the global market of tomorrow.

Living Tomorrow’s Port Today

Achieving optimum productivity is always on the minds of senior management, and as the level of competition escalates, this becomes an increasing concern with larger ships and bigger ports raising the stakes. The concept of today’s smart ports is to help terminal operators and shipping lines maximise productivity and reduce turnaround times by investing in smarter, more connected IT infrastructure.

The challenge is to keep it in alignment with operational and revenue goals and vessel-at-berth productivity is an important indicator of terminal efficiency. Traditionally speaking, crane-moves-per-hour is the metric most closely tied to ship turnaround times. This metric reflects the carrier’s priorities in offloading its cargo in the shortest time. Clearly the point is for berthed vessels to optimise the planning and management of containers at the terminal to quickly offload and load their cargo so that they can get back to sea. So having a good terminal operating solution that can intelligently optimise operations and eliminate congestion from the berth to the gates is one of the keys to building tomorrow’s smart port.

A smart terminal needs to find balance in managing resources and equipment and having a global pool system optimised and managed by an intelligent Terminal Operating System eliminates the complexities of juggling the equipment manually. Instead it intelligently discharges its plan based on an algorithm that considers the Internal Terminal Vehicle (ITV) workload, the yard movement sequence and the customer’s requirements all in real-time. It then assigns the closest ITV to its targeted container, and it activates the activity by dispatching the ITV according to the impending job requirements. This maximises efficiency levels as time and cost savings become key metrics for tomorrow’s port, as streamlining the movement of cargo is highly critical.

Terminal operators must devote the optimal level of cargo-handling equipment to each vessel call so that congestion does not emerge as a chokepoint. A good Terminal Operating System can be configured to respond to the dynamic yard situation in real-time with its advanced yard planning system. Such features manage container allocation in real-time, responding to critical paths and priorities on hand. Having a global pooling feature for the ITVs within the yard can intelligently allocate jobs based on priorities.

The functions of an intelligent terminal operating system are developed based on the specific requirements of the terminal so that they can operate according to their needs. Intelligent vessel planning places containers efficiently around the yard. Controlled through user configurable patterns, priorities, and smart workflow design, an optimal vessel operation pattern is created.

Without these fundamental features, the operations will not be cohesive and efficient. For these reasons, terminal operators need to adopt a sound IT strategy to facilitate optimal terminal, crane and vessel operations and cater for fluctuations and exceptions. The idea of optimising port-stay is the key goal for every smart terminal so the adoption of an intelligent terminal solution can drive up productivity and reduce errors.