Happy new year
December 2013

The entire team of TBA wishes you a healthy, stable and prosperous 2014! 2013 is world-wide a year of cautious recovery. Areas with growth, areas with stagnation, winners and losers, and turbulent changes in the shipping world. For TBA, 2013 is the year we entered a country of the future: China. Proudly we can say that we are assisting large terminals in their plans for automation; the next phase of their ambitious expansions. This also makes 2013 the year in which automation finally became an acceptable way forward in any region. For long, it has been restricted to high labour cost countries, and now it will be deployed in a country where labour seems abundant. However, reality is sometimes different. While setting first steps in this ancient society, we have been working extremely hard on the full-scale automation projects in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and in Long Beach, California. Challenging projects, where good co-operation between TOS supplier, equipment vendors, customers and ourselves is the key to success in realizing state-of-the-art, high performance terminals. In 2013, we also delivered a large number of training sessions, aimed at improving control room operator’s skills. Vessel planning training, yard planning training, and performance improvement training has been very popular, and led – most importantly – to good results in practice. Since 2011, DBIS is part of the TBA family. We have continued the world-wide growth, becoming the leading TOS provider for bulk, car and general cargo terminals. DBIS delivered the CommTrac TOS to a large number of sites. We hope you are all looking forward to the new year as much as we are, and wish you wonderful holidays and a prosperous 2014! For the movie check: http://www.youtube.com/embed/IMRXRHRHRfE

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DBIS secures order for Bristol Port Company
December 2013

The Bristol Port Company have chosen CommTrac to manage their Avonmouth operation. With their Portbury site already successfully using CommTrac, The Bristol Port Company decided it made sense for both operations to have a common approach to terminal management. As well as the new implementation at the Avonmouth the project will include an upgrade to the existing Portbury software.

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TBA wins Journal of Simulation award
November 2013

TBA is delighted to announce that our paper “Improving container terminal efficiency through emulation” has won the Operational Research Society’s Tocher medal for best paper published in the Journal of Simulation (JoS) in 2011/2012.  The medal has been awarded to Dr. Csaba Boer and co-author Dr. Yvo Saanen at the Blackett lecture in London on Thursday 28th of November 2013.The K.D. Tocher Medal is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory or practice of simulation published in the Journal of Simulation within the relevant two year period.

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We are moving
November 2013

The extraordinary growth in business over the last 2 years means we are no longer able to accommodate the DBIS team at our current office location. So after over 20 years in our current building we are on the move. The new premises, located on a modern business park in Doncaster, offers us room for up to 50 staff. This will allow us the flexibility to further develop our team over the coming years. The added office space now gives us the ability to be able to offer an onsite training facility for new and existing CommTrac users to learn the system from new, take refresher courses or advanced super user training.

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Analysing terminal facilities for biomass operations
November 2013

Port Technology - Analysing terminal facilities for biomass operations

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TBA at Terminal Management & Planning London
November 2013

TBA's Managing Director, Dr. Yvo Saanen, will speak during the upcoming edition of Lloyd's Terminal Management & Planning London seminar. Dr. Saanen will guide participants through the latest developments in terminal planning, terminal simulation and terminal automation in a series of interactive workshops.

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TBA presents on APMT Maasvlakte II terminal
November 2013

TBA participates in an event organized by KIVI NIRIA, the Dutch association for engineers and engineering students, on and about APMT Maasvlakte II terminal.

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Analysing the stockyard
October 2013

Dry Cargo International - Analysing the stockyard

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DBIS new website
October 2013

DBIS has a new website!. The website is designed to work for both computers and mobile devices and went live in October 2013

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TBA plans new Liverpool2 terminal
October 2013

TBA has assisted Peel Ports with the planning of the new container terminal “Liverpool2” in Liverpool, UK. David Huck, Port Director for Peel Ports Liverpool: "TBA was the primary consultant for planning services ranging from berth capacity analysis to selection of storage site, assessment of operational mode and system validation with simulation analysis. Despite Liverpool2’s challenging site constraints, TBA provided us with a well-balanced terminal plan. Furthermore, TBA helped us understand the opportunities of automation technology.”

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TEAMS on television
September 2013

Last week, our fleet management software, TEAMS, was featured on a television show about the development of Rotterdam's Maasvlakte II port area. TEAMS will control AGVs and ASCs at both APM Terminals MVII and Rotterdam World Gateway. In the show, APM Terminals' IT expert Fieke Mol discusses the new Gottwald Lift-AGV technology and how great it feels to see virtual equipment crawling over the screen. For the Movie check: http://www.youtube.com/embed/JiSV-1QJ-yM    

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Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference 2013
September 2013

DBIS will be exhibiting and speaking at this year’s Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference in Istanbul and speak at this year’s Dry Bulk Terminals Group Annual general meeting. During both lectures David Trueman will provide examples of how automation and IT is used to make terminals more cost efficient.

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TBA establishes local presence in Australia
August 2013

TBA are pleased to announce local presence in Australia with Mahim Khanna joining the organization in Sydney. He will be looking after Projects & Business development for Oceania. Local presence & project management will allow us to offer improved service & cost proposition to our customers.Mahim was Operations in-charge for Maersk Line in Oceania & Director Operations with them in Europe. He attended APM Terminal's “Magnum” terminal management training program, and has been a part-time consultant with us in the region for the past three years.    

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Australian Bulk Handling Review
August 2013

Information technology: the aid for optimising bulk terminal logistics Information technology (IT) is a useful tool for improving the handling efficiency of bulk terminals and consequently reducing costs. To achieve this objective it is essential that the IT system is embedded into process flow and integrated into the operation system and considered as a part of the whole system, rather than treated merely as a tool for financial and administrative purposes. This paper explains why an optimal IT architecture ought to be selected, and how it is built and integrated into the terminal operation system at bulk terminals. Together with other significant aspects such as process flow mapping, real time data obtained through interfaces to other systems (e.g. automation, weighing) this optimal IT architecture shows improvements in handling efficiency and cost saving. In addition, three case studies that show the successful examples in real practice are presented. These case studies demonstrate how various operational issues can be solved by well-considered and well-implemented information technology systems.   

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TBA at Terminal Management & Planning Asia
August 2013

TBA's MD, Dr. Yvo Saanen, will speak during the upcoming edition of Lloyd's Terminal Management & Planning Asia seminar.

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DBIS secures automation project in Russia
August 2013

DBIS have been awarded a contract by Vigan engineering for the electrical design and automation software for a fertiliser plant in Ust-Luga, Russia. DBIS will be responsible for the full electrical design of the plant control system including Functional Design specification, panel design, and cable installation as well as design and programming of the PLC and SCADA system.

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DBIS secures order for ABP, the UK
July 2013

Associated British Ports have again chosen CommTrac as the software of choice to manage its bulk terminal operations. The UKs largest port operator will use CommTrac to manage operations at its new Biomass facility in Hull taking its total install to 4 ABP operations.

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DBIS secures large automation project
May 2013

DBIS receive an order from Schenck Process to provide a complete electrical and automation solution for the extension to the Animal Feed Store at Peel Ports Liverpool. The Animal Feed Store at 250,000sq feet is already the largest of its kind in the UK and will be expanding its capacity by around 60% by constructing a further flat store area with a new Schenck Maxi-store bridge and shuttle conveyor. DBIS will be providing a complete solution from design and build of the MCC’s, design and installation of site control cabling, PLC/SCADA design, through to supply and implementation of CommTrac.

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DBIS at TOC 2013
April 2013

DBIS will be present at the TOC Europe 2013 in Rotterdam from June 25-27 at stand F10. The TOC is a leading conferences and exhibitions concerning terminal operations in the world.

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CommTrac live in Maydon Wharf
March 2013

CommTrac went live in Maydon Wharf, South Africa. CommTrac is now live in all large terminals of Grindrod in Africa.

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What customers say
February 2013

According to Dave McEwan from PeelPort, CommTrac allows him to be in control of his operation. Learn more what he and others have to say about DBIS and CommTrac.

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Large automation order for Salt Union
January 2013

DBIS secures a large order for conveyor drive systems for Salt Union in Cheshire UK. The drive solution is a containerized motor control system using 400KW Variable Speed Drives from Siemens.

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