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TOC Europe 2023 Event Highlights

TOC Europe 2023 started in an upbeat mood, with visitors and exhibitors demonstrating a strong demand for in-person events. With high levels of knowledge being exchanged at each of the four the packed conference theatres, and high levels of engagement across the exhibition floor, the event at Rotterdam Ahoy is attracting interest from businesses and individuals from across all aspects of the ports and terminals sector.

EXHIBITOR Spotlight: DP World

 As a leading provider of smart logistics solutions, our global network of ports and terminals enable goods to move seamlessly and securely around the world. We operate ports and terminals that let the world’s trade flow more freely, helping businesses to streamline their operations, lower their costs and reduce their environmental impact.


Long An International Port is strategically located in Can Giuoc District, Long An Province, Southern Vietnam. Through the 500 million USD investment by Dong Tam Group in the world’s most modern equipment, facilities and technology, Long An International Port is set to launch its full-service container handling capability in the second half of 2023 to complete its existing portfolio of bulk cargo handling and logistics solutions. 


Avlino is a US-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) company that specializes in providing solutions to enhance the operational efficiency of Container Terminal Operations. The company’s objective is to transform the supply chain by providing terminal operators with solutions to overcome common pain points and challenges that undercut their business goal.

EXHIBITOR Spotlight: Svendborg Brakes 

 Svenborg Brakes are globally well known for supplying intelligent braking systems. We deal with the world’s biggest OEM’s and end users in the Renewable energy market though mainly to wind turbines, but we are also big in the mining, oil&gas and crane markets.

EXHIBITOR Spotlight: Kaleris - Navis

Kaleris is a leading provider of cloud-based supply chain execution and visibility technology solutions. Many of the world’s largest brands rely on Kaleris to provide mission-critical technology for terminal operating systems, ocean carrier & vessel solutions, yard management, transportation management, and maintenance & repair operations, We plan to showcase our Navis terminal operating system and carrier & vessel solutions at TOC Europe..

EXHIBITOR Spotlight: Continental

Continental Specialty Tires includes services for specialty tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires in industrial applications. In the port operations business, we are offering an integrated product range of V.ply tires, radial and solid tires complemented by a digital solution package that is unique to the port segment. At the TOC Europe 2023, we will be showcasing the digital connection of tires, as well as how this can bring out the maximum efficiency and longevity of the tires – today and for the flow of tomorrow. A Smart Port means: Better flow.

DP World invites you to TOC Europe

Trade is the lifeblood of our global economy. Ports and Terminals are the departure and arrival points for 90% of world trade, which is why it is critical industry leaders work together, to knowledge share and find solutions to overcome supply chain challenges.

Nokia: Industrial digitalization for port terminals

Nokia is simplifying the transformation of port terminal operations with One Platform for Industrial Digitalization. This platform includes private wireless connectivity based on 4G LTE or 5G, Wi-Fi, industrial devices, an on-premises industrial edge and a catalog of Industry 4.0 applications. It is easy to deploy, operate and integrate into a legacy environment. 

TT Club Innovation in Safety Award Winners Announced.

The winner of the prestigious safety award made possible by the collaboration of ICHCA International (ICHCA) and TT Club for the fifth time was announced as AP Moller Maersk for its APMT Vessel Inspection App. The winner and fellow short-listed entrants, Exis Technologies and Intermodal Telematics were present at the ceremony to showcase their innovations.

Transaid is the chosen charity partner of TOC 2023

The international development organisation works with communities, partners, and governments to solve transport challenges throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

This year will see Transaid celebrate 25 years of operation, having been founded in 1998 by Save the Children, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and its Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Sustainability – it’s at the heart of everything we do

We know that sustainability is increasingly important to our attendees and exhibitors, as well as to our market as a whole.  Running events with an international audience gives us lots of opportunities to improve our impacts environmentally, socially and economically within our host cities.  We want to therefore make our events more responsible and play a vital role in helping the regional markets we serve improve their own sustainability, through connecting people with the networks and knowledge required to solve the biggest challenges within our sector.

Attendees converge on TOC Europe in record numbers

After 3 long years apart, TOC Europe – the Global AGM for Ports and Terminals, returned with a bang from 14-16th June 2022. 

The event concluded with record attendance numbers, reflecting a pent-up desire from within the industry to return to real-world events following the pandemic. 3,500+ attendees descended on Rotterdam from over 80 nations across 3 days, to re-build those crucial relationships, share knowledge and be inspired by the innovation that the industry is embracing.  Feedback gathered so far has indicated that TOC Europe 2022 was a huge success.

Sponsor blog: Liebherr

Liebherr has had a record year with its maritime mobile harbour cranes. The order intake volume in the past year 2021 was higher than ever before. In total, more than 80 new units and also various used units were sold to customers worldwide.Liebherr mobile harbour cranes were ordered from 31 different countries with all continents being represented. 

1 week until TOC Europe 2022 

After a two-year absence, TOC Europe finally returns for the largest gathering of global container supply chain professionals, all in the hub of European container logistics – Rotterdam, and for the first time ever, is completely FREE to attend!

Last attracting over 4000 attendees in 2019, thousands of port professionals will be re-connecting in June in the way it’s done best – face-to-face, all in one place.

Exclusive Interview with Tanger Med

This interview with Rachid Houari, Central Director Tanger Med Port 1&2, and General Manager of the Logistics Zone “Medhub”, allowed us to have sneak peek of what the Tanger Med Port Authority has to offer. There is no doubt that with its strategic location and growing infrastructure, this port is on the verge of becoming a crucial point for international maritime trade. We look forward to learning more about Tanger Med and its untapped potential to connect Africa to the world.


Are you in need of cost-effective parts and accessories for your container handling equipment ?

Whether you manage a few heavy forklifts or an entire fleet of reach stackers, our aftermarket parts allow you to keep costs low and keep your container handling equipment operating at peak productivity.

TMEIC: Advanced Crane Automation

TMEIC offers several scalable crane automation solutions from semi-automatic with manual assistance up to fully automatic, unmanned operations. When equipped with our latest vision systems and auto-positioning subsystems, our partners reduce operational costs by assuring consistent operation, the highest levels of efficiency, increased safety, and operator comfort.

Navis: Solutions for every terminal & vessel

With more than 340 customers in over 80 countries, Navis is the global standard for terminal operating systems (TOS) and has been for the past 30 years. Navis delivers the industry’s premier software system and applications for optimizing every facet of marine terminal operations. Our flagship TOS is N4 that has withstood the test of time and is continuously updating new releases keeping up with the latest technology. N4 has been implemented at more sites than any other TOS provider, and no other TOS can match Navis' unique capability to optimize the planning and management of container and equipment moves at a terminal. Navis also offers other TOS for general cargo, inland depots, small-mid size terminals, and intermodal rail.

ARMS: The Automation Revolution in Reefer Management 

Shipping logistics are undergoing a smart transition towards more efficient, safe and ecological solutions.

Port operators and shipping companies are markedly focused on expanding container transport, handling automation and digitalization.

Leading digital companies created automation solutions improving the operability and operators safety.

However, there is still wide room for improvements,  as the Refrigerated  containers that are still managed as they were 50 years ago with the direct involvement of port personnel and ship crews exposing them  to risks carrying out their task in a dangerous environment.

Artificial intelligence (AI) & optical character recognition (OCR) applications reduce operating expenses and increase throughput capacityShipping logistics are undergoing a smart transition towards more efficient, safe and ecological solutions.

The scalable Visy Access Gate Operating System (GOS) manages everything that goes in or out of a terminal by road, rail, or quay using vision technology

The GOS is synonymous with efficiency and productivity. It is the cornerstone of access and area control management and verifying that the right assets are in the right place at the right time. The GOS creates workflows that enable process automation that improve KPIs in every part of terminal operations:

We must innovate for a safer supply chain

Recent widespread disruption to global supply chains and the consequent pressures on freight transport capacity and cargo handling facilities requires a corresponding focus on safety measures throughout the system. As the success of the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award programme, operated by ICHCA International, has proved, there have been numerous ground-breaking innovations with multiple applications aimed at reducing these safety risks. However, the two organisations are keen to raise the awareness of the need for continuous development of the ways that we manage safety.

Pollution ARMS: The Automation Revolution in Reefer Management 

Shipping logistics are undergoing a smart transition towards more efficient, safe and ecological solutions.

Port operators and shipping companies are markedly focused on expanding container transport, handling automation and digitalization.

Leading digital companies created automation solutions improving the operability and operators safety.

However, there is still wide room for improvements,  as the Refrigerated  containers that are still managed as they were 50 years ago with the direct involvement of port personnel and ship crews exposing them  to risks carrying out their task in a dangerous environment.

Digitalising port operations with 5G connectivity

As the world emerges from the pandemic and economies rebound, port operations find themselves under the spotlight. With supply chains struggling to meet demand, pressure is on our ports to improve their efficiency. This accelerates the move to digitalise and automate operations, which will require robust wireless connectivity. 5G will be a key technology in the transformation of operations by providing end-to-end connectivity for the fully digital port.


LFT will be one of the most modern ports in West Africa, offering enormous support to the burgeoning commercial operation across Nigeria and the entire West African region. The CERTUS Automation solution supports the terminal in levelling their Gate Capacity, Access control, Central Exception handling and Automatic Container Inspection. In combination with the Position Detection Solution (PDS) from IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, all container traffic (RTGs, Reachstackers, internal as well as external trucks) can be traced in real-time and containers will be stacked accurately. 

Sponsor Blog: Metagro

Did you know that over 60% of crane operators worldwide do have physical problems and / or complaints in neck, shoulders, back & legs? Not only do these complaints lead to absenteeism. They can also cause operators to be less attentive, putting safety at risk. Metagro develops cabins and operator seats from the perspective of the operator and his tasks with a clear vision on ergonomics. Since ergonomics is key to ensure that the operator stays healthy and is able to do his job efficiently in a safe environment. We believe that ergonomics pays off. 

GullsEye Terminal Operating System

Terminals are under constant pressure to improve their operational performance. They are measured against the volume of cargo which is transferred, the efficiency of cargo transportation and the number of vessels turned around. Whilst most terminals have access to some data, there are no methods to use data effectively, help make complex operational decisions and share information with the rest of the business. The challenge of handling multi-Cargo types of data is problematic as multi-systems are required, which impacts operational costs. After the pandemic, there has been a realisation that terminals can operate almost all their tasks remotely. 

Five Steps to Take Charge of Portside Pollution

The shipping industry is responsible for more than 2.5% of global emissions. If shipping were a country, it would be the 6th largest polluter in the world.

But we can change this. We have the technology that can be retrofitted to existing ships to reduce harmful emissions. We also have the technology to upgrade ports to reduce pollution. Shore power is one of those technologies – it cuts ship idle emissions by more than 90%.

Smart Port as a Service™

As a response to global challenge in maritime logistics, Awake.AI has launched services like Smart port as a Service™, Berth planner and various APIs such as Prediction API to improve the competitiveness in maritime logistics, boost the efficiency of port operators’ routine activities, support the development of automation, help to anticipate exceptional circumstances, and reduce environmental emissions.

Sponsor Blog: Ops Factor

Ops Factor helps companies to optimize their operational process. Their vision is to put operators first. At TOC Europe 2022 Ops will demonstrate two Product Launches: Remote Control Operator Station and TerminalQuest.

 IMO’s 2050 Decarbonization Goal: How Do We Get There?

In alignment with the theme chosen driving the content for the TOC portfolio, “Collaboration & Innovation: The Key to Resilience”, Roel Hoenders, Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in IMO's Marine Environment Division, shared some of his insights with us.

The key to resilience: TOC Europe reveals a programme with innovation and collaboration at its heart

It’s been almost three years since the last TOC Europe, and we’re delighted that it’s almost time for the return of the largest face-to-face gathering of container supply chain professionals globally, and in the hub of European container logistics – Rotterdam.

Impacts of the Russia-Ukraine War on Ports and Transport

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shaken up and impacted the world. The effects of the conflict are felt in almost all areas of global politics, trading, and even peoples’ personal lives. It is worth asking: What are the local, regional and global implications for the port and transport sector?

That being said, at HPC we were involved in the improvement and development of the container terminal at the Port of Odessa -now operated by HHLA- and maintained close ties with staff -almost 400 of them- which brings about a whole new dimension to the conflict as one is more directly exposed to the horrors of the war.

Developing a common data language: Let's talk TIC at TOC

Francisco Blanquer, Innovation & Development Senior Manager at Terminal Link (under the umbrella of CMA CGM), and Chairman of the Operations Council at TIC 4.0, “talks TIC” and delivers a masterclass at TOC Europe where he explains the importance of a common data language for the industry.