Super smart problem solvers, standards and safety – 1st WCN Leaders Debate addresses challenges for automated container terminals of the future
19 July 2017
“Super smart problem solvers” will be needed to troubleshoot complex systems issues and manage process exceptions at the automated, intelligent, near real-time container terminal of the future – but currently there is precious little guidance or training out there for this new generation of ‘port worker’. This was one of the key takeaways from the 1st World Cargo News Leaders Debate, which kicked off the TECH TOC seminar programme at this year’s TOC Europe show in Amsterdam, late June. Moderated by WCN Editorial Director Paul Avery, the panel included Uno Bryfors, SVP - Ports at ABB,...
01. June 2017For ports and terminals – especially those relying on transshipment – the coming years are critical in terms of securing a long-term future. Understanding and facilitating carriers’ network design drivers will be key to navigating the new world of super alliances and hubs, argue Charles Moret and Lars Jensen in this guest editorial ahead of TOC Europe 2017
As the new alliance landscape begins to firm up, it’s clear we are witnessing only the first stages of a deeper transformation of the main liner networks that will unfold over the coming few years.
The design complexity of liner...
May 17, 2017Global trade is shifting and the centuries-old model that saw maritime superpowers located in the western world controlling cargo flows across the high seas is giving way to a more multi-directional and multimodal future. Heavily influencing the new dynamics of world trade will be China, not least through One Belt One Road (OBOR). Also known as the New Silk Road, the multi-trillion dollar initiative aims to reshape intercontinental trade through a new network of maritime and landside links between Asia, Europe and Africa, based on ancient trading routes.
At the recent Belt and...
The port stands today fighting in a ferociously competitive market for cargo.
Ahead of the PortWatch conference session which focuses on Productivity, Connectivity & New Business Models, two speakers outline their key points for discussion. PortWatch is part of the TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition which takes place 27 - 29 June, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.The Analyst viewpoint: Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst - Ports & Terminals at Drewry Maritime Research comments:
"The 'perfect storm' faced by the ports and terminals industry is well documented - the need to deal with bigger ships, bigger...
27 March 2017
February 2016 saw the dry bulk index set record daily lows for the cost of transporting cargo such as coal and ore by sea. Rates fell below the cost of operating vessels and nowhere near enough to make payments on ship debt, while an increasing number of vessels ended up in scrap yards and the major overcapacity caused investors to hesitate in the financing of newbuildings.
From these record lows, the dry bulk index started to slowly rise over the course of 2016 and by November it had risen to four times higher than in February. The 1.257 points that was achieved was its...
20 March 2017
Brussels, March 17th, 2017 – During the first 2017 meeting, the 22 members of the newly-born I AM Industry Alliance of transport chain stakeholders have agreed upon their common vision regarding multimodality, connectivity, logistics and growth and will start to work on the following issues:
- Reduction of air pollution: Decarbonisation, NOx and sulphur emissions;
- Intermodality: Combined Transport Directive, interoperability and Inland Waterways connections;
- Digitalization: E-transport documents and the Reporting Formalities Directive.
The next plenary meeting of the...
Scenarios & strategies for the next phase of world container trade
21 February 2017
The global economy is in the midst of a decade-long slow growth environment. World GDP is predicted to increase 2.8% in 2017, making this potentially the sixth consecutive year of sub-3% growth. As international shipping association BIMCO and other industry analysts have observed, maritime trade may not even benefit from what little growth there is. Any global GDP upturn will be driven mostly by service sectors, leaving the GDP-to-trade multiplier languishing in the doldrums.
After the game-changing political...
7 February, 2017
European Shipping Week will take place in Brussels from 27 February to 2 March and there delegates will focus on the correct packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) and the safety issues that result from poor work practices. The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, and Magda Kopczynska from the European Commission’s DG MOVE, which is the directorate responsible for freight transport safety within the EU, will join industry leaders to speak at a seminar on Monday 27 February . The seminar has been arranged by the same alliance of...
During the golden years for commodities, from 2005 to 2014, high demand and big profit margins pushed companies to produce more and more, sacrificing productivity for volume, and to invest in expensive projects, hoping to bring them to fruition fast enough to profit from the prevailing high prices. Much of that has now come to an end and the dry bulk sectors – from pit to port – must find new paths to an economically sustainable future, heard delegates at the Bulk Ports & Technology 2016 conference. Over two days in Hamburg during June, as part of the 41st TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition,...
Industry experts to sift fact from fantasy about robotics, digitisation and data-driven optimisation in container terminal operations at 40th TOC Europe conference
The revolutionary impact of robotics, digitisation and smart data on container terminal operations will form the backbone of this year’s TECH TOC conference, part of the 40th TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition, taking place 14-16 June 2016 at the Hamburg Messe, Germany.
Container terminals are on the cusp of truly exploiting next generation technologies. No longer just a matter of thousands of tonnes of steel, gears and cables,...
TOC Europe discusses how container terminal operators could respond to a new era of slower growth and less attractive business fundamentals
Hamburg 15.06.2016 – The container terminal industry may well have to learn to live with higher risks and lower returns, maritime industry professionals were told on Day 1 of the TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition, taking place this week at the Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany.
Speaking in the TOC Container Supply Chain (CSC) conference, Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst – Ports & Terminals, at Drewry Maritime Advisors, illustrated how the aftermath of the...
TOC Europe hears global shippers are concerned over carriers’ current financial plight
Global shippers outlined the risks posed by container shipping lines experiencing financial difficulties on Day 2 of the TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition, taking place this week at the Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany.They also urged carriers to develop a wider array of services that they offer shippers.
Speaking in the TOC Container Supply Chain (CSC) conference, Rolf Niese, head of logistics operations at British American Tobacco until recently, admitted that many shippers have “celebrated” the lowest...