The challenge for suppliers; State-of-the-Art Automation
December 2014

On the Second Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and in Long Beach, CA USA, three of the most advanced automated terminals in the world are being build (Rotterdam World Gateway, APMT MVII and LBCT). End to end the workflows on the terminals are automated, with minimal manual intervention. TBA is involved as a software supplier, where we deliver our TEAMS software, which is the equipment control software. TEAMS software translates the planning from the TOS (terminal operating software) into outside moves, where the software acts between the equipment and the Terminal Operating Software (TOS). Routing, collision detection and high speed operations are among the operational challenges which are executed by our software. As a supplier we are challenged to perform to our best, and to explore new workflows and terminal design in cooperation with our clients and other suppliers. It is exciting to work on state-of-the-art terminal design and to be a part of the building blocks of innovation in operation. We are continuously measuring the impact of automation on productivity and seeing higher levels as the automation software is mature and all suppliers are working together to deliver the best. For 2015 TBA sees a new challenge to expand the TEAMS software to more equipment types, to expand the automation possibilities for terminals with different types of fleets.

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Strategy evaluation; expansion of E-RTG’s for GPA
December 2014

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) asked TBA to evaluate their long term strategy. GPA operates the Garden City container terminal in Savannah, North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility. The 1,200 acre terminal with a fleet of 27 Ship to Shore cranes and 116 RTGs, currently handles over 3.0 million TEU per year. TBA has build a simulation model of the entire Garden City Terminal, which has been used as a decision support tool. During the last two years, the TBA simulation model has been used for a wide range of studies, including a long term capacity analysis, evaluation of improvement measures (yard strategy, equipment deployment, etc.), gate expansions plans and an evaluation of rail operations. One specific and interesting aspect of the simulation studies focused on the implementation of full electric RTGs (E-RTGs). GPA is the first operator in North America to use E-RTGs, to improve their sustainability and to reduce costs in the long term. After positive evaluation, GPA is expanding the E-RTG fleet to 15 E-RTGs. GPA intends to electrify all RTGs by 2024 to become one of the most sustainable terminals worldwide. The TBA simulation model was used to assess the performance of the E- RTGs, including the time impact of (de)coupling to the conductor bar during E-RTG block and lane changes, compared to the existing fleet. Based on this outcome the simulation was used to determine the long term E-RTG fleet size requirements to support GPA current and future throughput targets with a complete and sustainable E-RTG fleet.

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SCCT TOS migration support using CONTROLS
December 2014

Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), a large Mediterranean transshipment terminal, has recently migrated to Navis N4. TBA was asked to support in several aspects of the project, including testing the new TOS under near-to-live circumstances, giving Virtual Reality TOS training sessions and setting up the advanced modules PrimeRoute and Expert Decking. For each of these activities, TBA used its proven emulation software CONTROLS. The decision of SCCT to deploy TBA’s emulation approach enabled extensive testing of the TOS, using a TOS dataset from production (migrated to the new TOS) to test the system under realistic load. The training sessions with CONTROLS enabled the trainees to use the new TOS during dynamic operations, so they could apply best practices and experience the impact on their future system well in advance of Go-Live. To setup PrimeRoute and Expert Decking, TBA combined its extensive experience in optimizing these modules with the benefits of emulation. The initial configuration was done according to TBA’s vision on these systems, after which the configuration was verified and improved in the virtual reality operations of CONTROLS to roll out into the live operations.  As a result, the large and complex terminal went live without any major problems, with PrimeRoute and Expert Decking successfully deployed from the very first day. This enabled SCCT to handle 4000 container moves per day, ramping-up to an impressive figure of 6000+ in 4 weeks.

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DBIS win the 2014 IBJ award for IT solution
December 2014

The award was won as part of a joint submission with Peel Ports Liverpool for the CommTrac system operating at Peel Ports Agri-Bulk terminals in Liverpool. Having first worked with Peel Ports Liverpool in 2001 when we jointly developed the Management, Operations and Traceability System for the Grain Terminal we then went on to develop their CommTrac Bulk Terminal Management System, which has subsequently become the product of choice for bulk terminals around the world.In 2012 we delivered a major upgrade of the automation and management systems at the Agri-Bulk terminals at the Port of Liverpool and have, this year, implemented CommTrac at Peel's Runcorn docks operation.The award was collected on the night by DBIS director David Trueman (centre left) and Peel Ports,Liverpool,Port Director David Huck (centre right)David Huck said “CommTrac delivers a tangible return on investment for Peel Ports Liverpool through administrative efficiencies, optimisation of operational processes and, more importantly, delivering further added value for our growing customer base. The traceability and QA requirements at Liverpool are intrinsic within CommTrac, enabling the terminals to further advance their compliance with global traceability and product security standards”.The award , which is our 3rd IBJ award, further cements our position as the leading global supplier of integrated systems to bulk and general cargo terminals.See what Peel Ports have to say about the award

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APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Begins Landside 24/7 Operations
November 2014

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II has announced the commencement of the landside operations! An important milestone in the life of the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II container terminal.  Please find the full press release here: APMT MVII opens landside.  

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Play the terminal 'Safe - T Game'
November 2014

WHY The trend in container terminals worldwide is towards more and more automation to reduce costs and improve performance. The most recent terminal designs are fully automated nearly without people on site when things run smoothly. But when disruptions occur, due for instance to equipment breakdown, people have to go onsite to solve these issues. On site the risks are different in an automated environment than in a non automated environment, as automated equipment has no reaction to on site people. In the Port of Rotterdam (Netherlands) two of these fully automated terminals are being build and are close to live operations. Together with the University of Delft, Dinalog, TBA, RWG, APMTMV2 and several SME companies a big research project (SALOMO) has begun in 2011 into shared situational awareness in the container supply chain, to reduce on site risks and therefore disruptions, which have a negative impact on supply chain operations, safety and productivity.  Shared situational awareness aims for a higher awareness of the risks which exist in an (semi-) automated terminal environment and improve overall productivity by reducing disruptions and disruption time. Especially interdependent risks, where multiple parties are involved, can be reduced through a better understanding of the implications of decisions and communication throughout the supply chain. TBA has developed a serious game within this research project to train onsite personnel for day to day operations in fully and semi automated terminals and to create more awareness among personnel about the impact of their decisions on others, on the operation and on reducing existing risks. WHAT The serious game is the first terminal game worldwide pioneered by TBA as the next innovation in training automated terminal personnel based on the actual operation and not an approximation. By connecting their TEAMS equipment control software (used in the live operation for running automated QC’s, ASC’s and AGV’s), their CONTROLS emulation software (runs the virtual terminal and normally is used for optimizing and testing TOS software) and a virtual reality game engine they have created the Safe - T Game. You can walk around in the virtual terminal, which has the exact layout and the exact behaviour as the live terminal outside.  The game is made custom to the terminal to replicate the exact circumstances, such as safety and fence control procedures. Currently you are either a dispatcher or a maintenance technician in the game.  In the Safe - T Game TBA is currently testing with the research partners how to train several risk awareness subjects, such as situational understanding, safety procedures, how to handle disruptions to minimize impact on performance, how to handle equipment breakdown and communications effectiveness. Preliminairy tests have shown technical personnel to behave in the game as in real life and has exposed behaviour which poses a potential risk. In addition effective communication from an operations room to outside personnel seems to be an important subject to improve on to quickly reduce risks for technical personnel. Future developments Together with the two terminals and the University of Delft TBA is currently extending the Safe - T Game into a full training suite, to train dispatchers, technical maintenance personnel and external personnel that occasionally needs to work on site. Depending on the terminal procedures and the training demand the subjects for training will be developed in 2015 and the game will technically become more advanced.  An example of a foreseen technical development is the use of the Oculus Rift virtual reality glasses, which will give the Maintenance Technician an even more realistic experience in the virtual terminal. Preliminary testing has been done with connecting the Terminal Operating System (TOS), where the operation in the virtual terminal will than replay the actual outside live operation, as planned and executed in the TOS. This would allow personnel to recreate live disruptions and vary and evaluate their responses to see the impact on the performance in the TOS. Other extensions which are under evaluation are the addition of more & different equipment maintenance scenarios, add disturbing factors such as sound, add additional roles or using the virtual terminal for one time / specialty maintenance personnel as a quick training tool on procedural behavior and safety risks in automated environments. But it can also just be fun and educational; imagine putting on the VR glasses in the reception room and just walk anywhere on the terminal, seeing up close how the operation works, climb a QC or jump on an AGV, whereas in real live very few people are allowed on site! TBA sees the Safe - T Game as the next generation training tool to improve performance and safety for semi- and automated terminals through increasing awareness and insight of terminal personnel of the impact of their decisions. It is the only serious game to connect real operating software with training scenarios to mimic live operations and behaviour as closely as possible in terminal world. TBA is ahead of the game with Safe - T Game!  

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Doing training Confusian style?
November 2014

The paper was published in Port Technology International. To view the PDF click: Doing training Confusian style? To view the article on PTI click: Doing training Confusian style?

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We are TBA company movie
September 2014

TBA has released their first company movie: We are TBA.

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Near-to-live-training for Container Terminal Planners
September 2014

A proficient use of a Terminal Operating System (TOS) for planning and equipment control isessential for efficient and productive operation of container terminals. The degree to whichTOS is used effectively is highly reliant on human operators. The training of these operatorsis traditionally done through conventional and on-the-job training, with a limited structure,and a narrow scope. Besides, it heavily relies on the expertise of the on-the-job trainer(s). Inthis article we report a systematic training approach we have applied in a number of cases toimprove the skills of control room operators in various container terminals. The approach issupported by a virtual terminal emulation and allows for accurate measuring of the operator’sperformance. As such, we have been able to measure the impact of the training, and theimpact of changed ways of operating, in the sense of improved ways of planning andcontrolling the terminal. Click here to view the paper.

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TBA Main Sponsor at the LOGMS 2014
August 2014

TBA is the main sponsor of the 4th International Conference on Logistics and Maritime Systems will be held in Rotterdam 27-29 August 2014. The objective of this conference is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas on the latest developments in the field of logistics and maritime systems among participants from universities and related industries, and to seek opportunities for collaboration among the participants. Logistics activities worldwide have intensified in the wake of globalization and increased international trade. As a result, global supply chain networks are becoming more complex as they typically involve maritime transport, inland waterways and onshore road and rail transportation systems. The first conference of this series took place in Busan, Korea in 2010 integrating various predecessor conferences like the International Conference on Intelligent Logistics Systems (IILS), held in Busan, Korea (2005), Brisbane, Australia (2006), Kitakyushu, Japan (2007), Shanghai, China (2008), and Gold Coast, Australia (2009), and the Maritime Logistics (MLOG) conference held in Singapore (2009). Later LOGMS conferences were held in Bremen (2012) and Singapore (2013).

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Exclusive interview TBA at TOC Europe
August 2014

Straight from TOC Europe, Dr Yvo Saanen, Managing Director of TBA gives an exclusive interview with PTI at TOC Europe in London.

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Optimisation as mantra for operational excellence
July 2014

The paper was published in Port Technology International. To view the PDF click: Optimisation as mantra for operational excellence To view the article on PTI click: Optimisation as mantra for operational excellence PTI

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New TBA app to alleviate TOS problems
July 2014

How do you optimise the travel path of reefer mechanics while maintaining due times for plugging and unplugging? And how do you create subsequent moves between straddle carriers and empty handlers automatically? Also, what is the best way to set CHE ranges for automated RMGs? All of these can represent small gaps in the functionality spectrum of most terminal operating systems. Which was why Dutch optimisation specialist TBA has created an ‘intelligent app platform’ to fill in these gaps with useful and productivity-enhancing behaviour.   Terminal Operating Systems provide more and more functionality and can facilitate efficient operations. Planning and operation become more automated on a step-by step basis, especially with regard to repetitive functions such as vessel planning and yard planning. Yet, in terms of terminal operations, there is still much uncovered ground requiring manual intervention. The new app platform has been designed to alleviate these problems and connects seamlessly to SPARCS (N4), using Java technology for the apps. The apps produce clear feedback on what has been optimised and when the app ran; they can be easily switched on and off.   A TBA spokesperson added that as practical experience grows, further releases with an increasing number of apps will become available.  

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Minimizing planning errors? Try the plan verification tool!
July 2014

Planning of vessel, yard and equipment at terminals is of increasing importance of the scale and density of operations is ever-increasing. Minimizing unproductive moves, avoiding QC clashes, working in unproductive vessel sequences, working plugged reefers, not twinning 20's are just a few examples of opportunities for productivity improvement that we found when analyzing live plans across a large group of terminals. For this purpose, we developed an assistance tool, called 'plan verification tool'. This tool checks for a large series of common errors made in plans almost instantaneously, and lists them in a clear report, pointing at the specific work queues, work instructions, yard areas or equipment that is involved, so that a planner can easily correct the errors.  The tool works seamlessly with SPARCS 3.x as well as SPARCS N4, as such covering a large range of terminals. The tool can be trialled for a test period. Want to know more? Please contact bert.de.groot@tba.nl 

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TBA launches new container terminal simulation video
June 2014

We have just launched our new container terminal simulation video that is available on YouTube. At just over two minutes long, the brief, realistic simulation portrays the workings of an ideal container terminal, with numerous daily scenarios highlighted. The simulation reveals how various parameters impact on each other and is designed as an aid to effective terminal planning. Therefore, from a safe, office environment, users are able to precisely evaluate the complex current and future situations that are likely to occur at terminals.

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Win an iPAD Air at TOC with TBA’s online terminal game
May 2014

TBA will offer an online terminal game at this year’s TOC Europe, with the best “virtual terminal” planner set to win an iPAD Air. The game will be offered at www.gametba.com and will only be available during the TOC event. To get the entrance key all you have to do is visit TBGA at stand L38. The Yard Crane Scheduler (YCS) game has been developed – in co-operation with the company InThere - to show the importance of pro-active RTG placement in the container yard, and the capability of dispatching RTG’s in real-time, in sync with container grounding. The technique of micro-gaming is taking off as way of conveying serious training goals in a limited timeframe. It combines key tactical methods with the thrill of a highly competitive game. The highest scores will be displayed on the website until the next TOC Europe in 2015. TOC Europe 2014 will be held in London from the 24th until the 26th of June at the Excel conference centre. http://tocevents-europe.com/

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Dry bulk terminal capacity planning
May 2014

The paper was published on Port Technology International. To view PDF click: Dry bulk terminal capacity planning To view article on PTI's website click: Dry bulk terminal capacity planning PTI

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TBA shows process improvement within 365 days ROI
April 2014

Over the past decades, innovation in the container terminal industry has mostly been focused on keeping up with ever-increasing volumes. At the start of the crisis in 2009, many terminals became painfully aware that as a result, the cost and performance of their operation has been largely ignored. In a number of case studies, TBA has found that a large potential for improvement exists at many facilities. Even now that volumes are increasing, the business case for a systematic elimination of operational inefficiencies is undeniable. With many terminals increasing their focus on cost and performance, the industry is maturing further. Terminals that fail to keep up run the risk of being left behind. The TBA Process Improvement Program (PIP) is centered on improvements in cost or performance, and often a combination is possible as the two are in many cases related. Examples of earlier achievements: More volume (10%-15%) without additional investments, even when the yard is considered “full” Less equipment deployment (10%-25%) without a drop in service levels Higher performance or service levels (5%-10%) without additional equipment Cost reduction targets are 5-15%, but reductions of 20% are not uncommon. Because the PIP ensures that no money and time is spent on the wrong measures, the payback time for the program is limited to about a year in most cases. For more information about process improvement check:

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Virtual training shows major productivity improvement for Embraport, Brazil
April 2014

TBA just delivered another successful SPARCS planning training using its proven virtual terminal tool at Embraport, in the port of Santos. This is the second training at one of DP World’s newest facilities as more and more people get hired in this growing facility. The unique setting of our planning training allows accurate measurement of the quality of the plans planners make, and due to the built-in iteration, we can measure whether the planner’s capability improves during the week of training. As an example, we have shown the comparison of the first plan (“base”), the second and third plan made by the planners in below graph. Being able to assess the work of a planning team on productivity and efficiency (e.g. amount of equipment deployed) is something that is hard in a live environment. What remains stunning is how significant the quality of a plan is on productivity! We typically see differences of up to 30% in berth productivity for instance. Another part of the training is the use of advanced tools and advanced (yard and equipment deployment) strategies. In a safe environment, the trainees can practice their skills with for instance Equipment Control, Yard Impact View, Expert Decking, Prime Route or Autostow.   During the training, in which the planners use their day-to-day working environment (SPARCS, or N4), planners get to see the results of their plans in a simulated terminal that mimics reality (see below). The improvements in planning can be seen in the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), such as berth productivity, quay crane productivity, or truck turn time, for each virtual terminal.

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TBA attends Port and Terminal Development Brazil
March 2014

TBA will be attending "Port and Terminal Development Brazil" in Sao Paulo on the 19th and 20th of May. Dr. Yvo Saanen will be attending as one of the key speakers for this event. For more information check:

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TBA's new Website Live!
March 2014

  We are very happy to announce that TBA’s new website went live! As you will see, it has a much more modern look-and-feel and it is designed to be displayed properly on the various devices we use nowadays i.e. smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Thanks to all who have contributed to making this happen. We hope you like it too!   Team TBA

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TBA developed algorithm to optimize reefer mechanics walking path
March 2014

Netherlands based TBA developed an algorithm that may ease the work of reefer mechanics. Reefers are refrigerated containers that need power for maintaining temperature. Reefer mechanics have to do different types of jobs (connect, disconnect and monitor) related to reefers. Reefers are located at specified locations on the terminal and reefer mechanics have to travel long distances between these locations. Currently, there is no algorithm to determine the sequence of the jobs the mechanics have to execute and mechanics have to determine the order manually. This may lead to inefficient and time consuming schedules. In the current situation reefer mechanics are working for almost the fully 100% of the time. The way of jobs are scheduled today leads to high average travel times per job. The average travel time per job, dependent on the number of mechanics, is up to 3 times more than the optimal approach of the algorithm, while maintaining the time a container may stay unplugged within the defined boundaries. Based on the simulation model that was defined, we can conclude that with proper reefer job scheduling, the reefer mechanic’s productivity can go up by 100%. This would mean that the same amount of work can be done with less than half the man power, or that the reefer mechanics have an easier job.   The scheduling tool has been fitted into an intelligent app, that can be plugged into the NAVIS TOS suite. If you’re interested in this app please contact bert.de.groot@tba.nl  

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Peel Ports new Animal Feed Store extension at Liverpool is now operational.
March 2014

DBIS HAS delivered this as a full turnkey project, being responsible for electrical design and installation as well as PLC / SCADA software. CommTrac HAS ook leg extended from the original store to include management of the new storage area.

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TBA supports in E-RTG strategy for North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility
February 2014

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) operates the Garden City container terminal in Savannah, North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility. The 1,200 acre terminal with a fleet of 27 Ship to Shore cranes and 116 RTGs, currently handles over 3.0 million TEU per year. As part of their long term strategy, GPA has asked TBA, a leading simulation provider, to build a simulation model of the entire Garden City Terminal, to be used as a decision support tool. In 2013, the TBA simulation model has been used for a range of studies, including a long term capacity analysis, evaluation of improvement measures, gate expansions plans and an evaluation of rail operations. One specific study focused on the implementation of fully electric RTGs (E-RTGs). GPA is the first operator in North America to use E-RTGs. Currently GPA is expanding the E-RTG fleet to 15 E-RTGs. GPA intends to electrify all RTGs by 2024. The simulation model was used to assess the performance of the E- RTGs, including impact of (de)coupling to the conductor bar during E-RTG block and lane changes. In addition the simulation was used to determine long term E-RTG fleet size requirement to support GPA throughput targets.

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TBA delivers CONTROLS emulation software to LBCT
February 2014

Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has ordered TBA’s emulation software CONTROLS. The CONTROLS software will be used by LBCT to thoroughly test the terminal operating systems (NAVIS N4 and TBA’s TEAMS package), prior to the go-live of the new facility, to ensure the target performance can be achieved. Besides testing, CONTROLS will be used to verify the performance capability of the entire system, at full build-out, and under peak conditions. Anthony Otto, President of LBCT, states: “The emulation will allow us to see in an early stage how well the software will perform, which is critical to our success”. Next to testing and tuning, CONTROLS will be used to train the operational personnel on their own 3D virtual terminal. CONTROLS has been used at over 40 terminals worldwide and has proven itself over the last 8 years. The advantages of having your own 3D CONTROLS terminal: -          Testing before go-live -          Risk free tuning and training in your own virtual terminal -          Faster than real-time testing -          Detailed on-line visualization -          Operation replay mode -          On-line and off-line statistics -          Advanced scenario definition capabilities

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DBIS secure large Russian automation project
February 2014

Vigan Engineering have Awarded DBIS a contract to supply the Motor Control Centre for phase 1 of a new bulk storage facility in Russia. Having already completed the electrical design for the project and DBIS will now supply the MCC as well as PLC and SCADA software.

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Lock simulation has proven itself in the Netherlands
February 2014

Netherlands based TBA is supporting the executive branch of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure (Rijkswaterstaat) in their decision making on the main waterway network since 10 years. The Netherlands has one of the busiest networks of inland waterways in the world. These waterways handle a significant part of the hinterland connection from the Port of Rotterdam, and as such are vital in achieving the growth of the port which is spurred from the construction of the Second Maasvlakte terminals. Since the most critical bottlenecks in the waterway network are formed by objects like locks and bridges, careful planning of this infrastructure is of the utmost importance and therefore simulation is deployed. TBA has analyzed a broad range of problems using lock simulation, such as: Capacity check of new lock designs Investigation of delays due to maintenance Effects of the increase in vessel sizes Optimization of lock strategies

2014
CommTrac live at Port of Tyne
February 2014

CommTrac has now gone live at the Port of Tyne and is being used to handle all bulk and break bulk operations. We are currently working on phase two of the project which includes integration to the terminals automation systems and delivery of CommTrac's new Planning and Scheduling Module.

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TEAMS, the brain of the automated terminal
February 2014

When you look at an automated terminal, the first question you ask is how can all these machines work together? Netherlands-based TBA is the company behind the smart software that makes automated terminals work. TEAMS (Terminal Equipment Automated Management System) is TBA’s fleet management system and supplies customers with advanced control over their automated equipment, such as Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Lift AGVs, Automated Straddle Carriers, Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) and Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. TEAMS sits between the equipment and the Terminal Operating System (TOS) and translates the equipment orders from the TOS into optimal movement plans. TEAMS is currently the only proven system worldwide for controlling a complex robotised terminal and has shown to be up to the task over the past 10 years. It has successfully controlled the AGV fleet at HHLA’s Container Terminal Altenwerder and has been well received at DP World’s Antwerp Gateway Terminal where it controls the ASCs. It has also been implemented at ECT’s Euromax Terminal in Rotterdam where it controls QCs, AGVs, and ASCs. TEAMS is to be deployed at several other terminals around the world in the near future. TEAMS has been coupled with Navis SPARCS and N4, but can be configured to work with any other suitable TOS.  

2014
Bulk sector takes major step forward using Simulation
January 2014

Bulk terminal operators are turning increasingly to simulation-based tools to assist them in their decision making. As demand for products grow, facilities with outdated infrastructure are in need of expansion or refurbishing end of life equipment. The quantum leap in technology has also given a wide range of options for terminal operators to choose from. Simulation-based tools assist operators in choosing where to invest and determine the potential profitability during every step of their respective investment and development plans. TBA has been involved in over 10 Bulk terminal projects over the past year. Extending its vast expertise in consulting terminal operators in strategic, tactical and operational studies, TBA’s project methodology, with its proven approach, has been applied at various bulk terminals. TBA’s services have been proven to add value to existing terminals by improving operational efficiency, helping existing terminals plan for future expansion and validating design for Greenfield terminals. TBA’s project portfolio covers terminals handling agri-bulk, coal, sulphur, sugar and more having worked for major bulk operators including Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, Vale, and Petronas.  The graphs below indicate the dynamics of real operations quantified by the use of simulation based tools, with a detailed representation of waiting times across different vessels over a whole year and the effect of weather induced and operational delays on storage.          

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CONTROLS supports go live of newest container terminals in the world
January 2014

Advanced emulation software is the way forward in container terminal planning when bringing some of the newest container terminals in the world on-line. TBA’s CONTROLS software acts as a ‘virtual terminal’ that is connected to the Terminal Operating System (TOS). This advanced software enables a TOS to be tested as if the terminal was live before the terminal actually goes live. The software is tuned to specific characteristics of the terminal's operation to deliver its full performance potential and reduce the risk of any start-up problems a new terminal may encounter. "Thanks to Controls we reached high performance 6 months earlier than budgeted" Rich Ceci - IT Director APM Terminals North America  All semi- and fully automated terminals that are currently being built are using CONTROLS to assure a fluent go-live. Meanwhile, more than 30 terminals are continuing to use this emulation tool to constantly improve their terminal in terms of yard strategy, equipment deployment and dispatching, as well as vessel planning.

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TBA supports inland container terminal
January 2014

TBA supports BCTN Meerhout in evaluating their plans for future expansion. BCTN Meerhout is the Benelux' largest intermodal container terminal. As a result of larger container volumes combined with the obligation of port operators to transport more over the European inland waterways, a major growth of intermodal container terminals is expected in the upcoming years. TBA will assess the current mode of operation and several future alternatives giving the Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditures (OPEX) for the different modes of operation over the upcoming years.

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CommTrac live at ABP Hull
January 2014

ABP’s Hull Biomass Terminal has also recently gone live using CommTrac to manage an unmanned weighbridge operation for truck movements between the berth and the storage facility.

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TBA’s Virtual Training: A Big Success in 2013
January 2014

TBA delivered more than 10 virtual terminal planning trainings in 2013 that achieved impressive results. The planners at terminals situated across the world showed significant increases in productivity and efficiency by the end of the training program. Due to the unique set-up of the training, the actual performance per planner can be measured, as well as his own achievement during the training. As the graph below shows the difference per planner is significant. During the training, in which the planners use their day-to-day working environment (SPARCS, or N4) , planners get to see the results of their plans in a simulated terminal that mimics reality (see below). The improvements in planning can be seen in the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), such as berth productivity, quay crane productivity, or truck turn time, for each virtual terminal. TBA's Virtual Terminal  

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
September 2013

TBA has had a very busy and successful 2014, with over 100 projects. We have highlighted some of these projects in our newsletter to inspire you for 2015! To subscribe and receive our newsletter click the picture below

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