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01/10/18 10:15

Antwerp at the crossroads of port terminal innovation

The Belgian port hub hosted two important meetings held by the associations PEMA and Navis User Group

PEMA’s Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC 4.0) members agree on governance and roadmap


Representatives of 19 companies regrouping global container terminal operators and their equipment and solutions suppliers of the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).

held their first plenary meeting at the offices of PSA Antwerp. All attendees reiterated the importance for the container terminal industry to embrace the 4th industrial revolution and the wish that the open group that they have established is joined by other corporate players of the industry.

Monthly meetings of sub-groups dealing with safety, performance of equipment, telemetrics, energy and environment will be organized as from October 2018.

The plenary meeting, adopted an initial set of governance rules and a roadmap for the Committee.

Fundación ValenciaPort has been retained to provide back office support in the organization and documentation of Committee’s meetings and activities.

Terminal Link’s Boris Wenzel was elected as Chairman while Frank Kho was appointed as the Coordinator of TIC 4.0 (Terminal Industry Committee 4.0), and a steering committee has been formed to also include FEPORT (The Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals) and PEMA; both associations committed to support the work of the Chairman and the Coordinator and be responsible for the communication regarding TIC 4.0 activities and objectives.

“The logistics chain calls for a closer technical interaction between terminals and manufacturers to engage discussions on the elaboration of industry standards that will favor the development of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and further technological innovations for the whole sector” Wenzel said. “This plenary meeting constitutes a historical concrete first step in engaging on the challenging path of creating standards for our industry.  With today’s endorsement of the TIC 4.0 initiative and the first terms of reference that have been adopted, we have a good framework to get started, and there is clearly a lot of work ahead of us. The passion and positive energy that came out from the debates efficiently moderated by Frank, coupled with the valuable support of FEPORT and PEMA should make us all optimistic about achieving our goals” he concluded.

“The first objective of TIC 4.0 will be to delineate a corpus of definitions regarding concepts and technical terminology that are specific to the container handling industry to facilitate comparatives about technical specifications for equipment, bring about objective measures of performance of equipment and constitute an important milestone towards the elaboration of standards for the industry to achieve further efficiencies” Kho added.

“Both PEMA and FEPORT reiterate their endorsement of  this very significant initiative and hope that proactivity will pay and make the industry move forward” commented Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, FEPORT Secretary General and Ottonel Popesco, PEMA President.



Navis User Group gathered in the Flanders with DSP support


The 22nd European and Mediterranean Navis User Group (NUG) Conference was held, for the duration of three days, in Antwerp, being hosted by DPW Antwerp in Belgium.

The meeting brings together the most important container terminal representatives of Europe and

Mediterranean region that are using as terminal operating system (TOS) the solutions

provided by Navis, US based company part of Cargotec Group.

In this occasion, Switzerland-based DSP Data and System Planning SA was primary sponsor of the event. “We are really proud to have the opportunity to support and attend this conference which, looking at the caliber of participants and the topics, has outlined the future tendencies and developments of container terminals management” commented Marco Fehmer, CEO of DSP, headquartered in Manno (Lugano) and founded in 1986 to provide worldwide IT solutions and business operation consultancy taking advantage of its specialised and proven know-how in informatics technologies applied to the shipping industry, port and terminal management and

intermodal transportation, which is a Navis partner since 2007 covering all implementation,

maintenance and personalization services. “In the past I had the opportunity to be chairman of the

NUG for six times; 18 years ago, at the beginning of this adventure, there were only few

terminal operators attending, while today there are 20 sites representing the whole region”.

“We are glad to have hosted this important event that counted 60 participants from over 20 European and Mediterranean terminals; the Work Group exchange ideas and experiences on NAVIS products identifying future guidelines and industry trend for the benefit of the container terminals ecosystem” stated Michel Hellebosch, Optimisation Manager at DP World Antwerp.

Many subjects were dealt with during the meeting: from equipment automation to process automation, strategies aimed at optimizing operational processes as well as the concept of continuous innovation and improvement as a valuable resource in the level of services rendered to the container shipping ecosystem.


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