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APM Terminals Barcelona Applies 5G Technology to Improve Traffic Safety

The system is based on the application of connected car technology and industrial traffic safety. The information will be shared continuously and offer the position and trajectory of machinery, vehicles, and people in real time, enabling traffic coordination and warning drivers in the event of an accident risk.

March 11, 2021 - 5G Barcelona, together with Telefónica, APM Terminals, and Mobile World Capital Barcelona are working on a pilot project to improve security in ports thanks to the use of 5G networks to connect cranes, vehicles, and people by merging different advanced communication and localisation technologies. The main objective of the project is to minimise the potential risk of collisions between mobile machinery and fixed elements, vehicles, and people in the container terminal.

5G Barcelona is a public-private initiative that works to position Barcelona and Catalonia as an innovative and open environment for the validation and adoption of 5G technologies and applications in a real-life environment.

The pilot test, which is based on technology of the C-V2X connected car and the low latency of 5G communications and Edge Computing, aims to turn APM Terminals Barcelona into a safer space for workers, thanks to a system that allows the coordination of port traffic and the implementation of advanced algorithms for accident traffic prevention. Through an alarm system, both crane drivers and trucks or pedestrian personnel will be warned about a potential collision against fixed and mobile elements and the system will in addition send an instant notification to a control centre in case of collision.

The development of the project involves the deployment of Telefónica's 5G coverage at the APM Terminals in the Port of Barcelona, the provision of 5G connectivity to Straddle Carrier cranes, trucks and terminal personnel, as well as an acoustic warning system for possible collisions.

“Transition towards a fleet of natively connected vehicles”

The Straddle Carrier cranes will be equipped with an on-board unit capable of communicating via 5G and through C-V2X technology between them and with the rest of the actors. Trucks, truckers and terminal personnel will have a 5G smartphone, on which a C-V2X application will be installed. This way, the smartphone, becomes another piece of the V2X environment, as well as the lever for an easy transition towards a fleet of natively connected vehicles and direct inclusion of people in the ecosystem.

Fixed elements, such as streetlights, will also be signalled with C-V2X communications, thus communicating with the rest of the mobile actors in real time.

All the information communicated by the cranes, trucks and pedestrian personnel is sent securely to an application located geographically very close (Edge) to their place of consumption in order to offer immediate responses. This application, hosted on the Edge, has the intelligence to be able to coordinate this cooperative driving between the different actors — called intelligent cooperative transport system (C-ITS) — and also offers a dashboard to APM Terminals to visualise on a map the positions of each of the actors participating in the project. Obtaining a precise location is vital and for this reason a system has been developed to allow obtaining precise locations as close as centimetres.

APM Terminals operates one of the world’s most comprehensive port networks with 75 terminals. To learn more, visit: www.apmterminals.com.

 

Transportation management systems

What Is a Transportation Management System?

The following article is authored by WSI Supply Chain Solutions and is posted on the company’s website.

March 3, 2021 - A lot goes on between the shipping and receiving dock. When freight travels, its route, shipping price, and mode of transportation need to be sorted.

When considering software types to manage your shipping operations — within the company or at the warehouse — the two most recognized systems are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). Each system offers automated functionality to perform a wide range of tasks and processes. Yet, there is another system that goes hand-in-hand with these applications.

Transportation management systems (TMS) are used by retailers, e-commerce businesses, manufacturers, distributors, and logistical providers to handle freight movement. This system’s basic role in the supply chain is to help businesses plan and execute the movement of freight between destinations, all while identifying processes that can become more efficient and cost-effective.

What is a TMS?

Transportation management systems are used to streamline manual tasks by providing more automated functions. The basic features of a TMS involve providing rating, booking, and transportation processes. A TMS can determine the amount of freight that needs to be shipped, obtain rates for the freight shipment, decide on the path that the freight will take, and book the modes of transportation that will handle the cargo for the entire shipping process.

The system does this by focusing on three main aspects: planning, execution, and optimization.

Planning: This feature allows companies and shippers to decide on the best modes of transportation to take with the appropriate carriers. Instead of contacting each carrier separately and finding the best rates, the TMS scours far and wide for carriers, low rates, and other offered services. It then places all the information on the same screen. The user can view all the options and shipping rates at once to select the right carrier and mode of transportation to use.

Execution: A TMS offers a wide range of executable functions based on the application that it offers. The system can assist with freight billing, match loads, import orders, communicate with carriers, generate shipment documents, and track shipments. Other systems may offer advanced features such as invoice resolution and settlements and import/export documentation.

Optimization: The optimization features allow companies to figure out what processes are working and where inefficiencies may exist. The system provides scorecards of carriers based on previous shipping history. It can also track performance and analyze data regarding shipping lanes. A company can then determine which transportation routes and carriers performed better than others to find the most cost-effective options while saving on costs.

There are two types of transportation management systems available on the market today: cloud-based and on-premises. While each will have the same basic functions, some key differences will set them apart.

An on-premises TMS provides a centralized location on your network systems. It pulls information from every computing device connected to that network. Then it can extrapolate the desired information and display it on an easy-to-use dashboard for quick use.

A cloud-based TMS system can also centralize all company computing systems, yet it is managed through the cloud. This system provides a faster way to deploy its capabilities without dealing with the company’s IT department handling all the security and upgrades.

Benefits of a TMS

A logistics TMS provides a wealth of benefits, especially when you are looking to select carriers, track shipments, and perform invoicing using real-time data. The top benefits include:

Centralized capabilities: All carrier information, rates, shipment tracking, and other functions are accessible through one platform. You can easily pull up this information from any location, making it a benefit to remote workers.

Shipping visibility: With a TMS, you know where shipments are at all times. Carrier information and supply chain updates are available in real-time, so you can always track the movement of shipments.

Cost spending analysis: With this benefit, you can understand all TMS shipping rate charges and fees upfront. You can then comparison shop for the best rates and continually evaluate costs to make the most cost-effective decisions.

The main benefit of a TMS is to make it easier for manufacturers and businesses to select carriers, track shipments, and invoice customers. It provides a centralized network so that all data is easily accessible and can obtainable in real-time.

One of the largest privately held logistics companies in the U.S., WSI spans a nationwide distribution network with global logistics reach. To learn more, visit: www.wsinc.com/wsi_wire/what-is-a-tms

SOURCE: WSI Supply Chain Solutions

 

COSCO SHIPPING blockchain

COSCO SHIPPING Launches Blockchain-based Paperless Import Cargo Delivery at China’s Inland Ports

March 15, 2021 - On March 15, 2021, the digitalized contactless imports pickup solution based on blockchain technology, which was jointly developed by COSCO SHIPPING and Anhui Provincial Port & Shipping Group, was officially launched at Wuhu Port, Anhui Province. After coastal ports including Shanghai, Xiamen, Qingdao, Ningbo, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Wuhu Port has become the first inland port in China to realize blockchain-based paperless import cargo delivery.

It is a key initiative of COSCO SHIPPING to actively respond to the integration of Yangtze River Delta, to strengthen the strategic cooperation with Anhui Province, to implement the relevant requirements of the Ministry of Transport on the “clearway program” of port and shipping for imported e-commerce cargo, and to further promote the digitalization of shipping.

Taking this opportunity, Wuhu Port succeeded in joining the port and shipping blockchain platform via the blockchain of Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), and completed the data connection with COSCO SHIPPING.

According to the solution, COSCO SHIPPING will implement the blockchain D/O (bill of lading) mode. With the technical characteristics of blockchain, i.e. traceability and reliability, it has realized data connection between different systems and process collaboration and mutual trust between shipping companies and ports, so that the whole operational process is visible, time controllable and risk preventable.

In the past, customers had to go back and forth several times to complete the import business process of shipping companies, ports, and other related entities. But now they can go through all the import D/O claim procedures online through just one click. This has greatly saved the time and cost of waiting in line and traveling back and forth.

COSCO SHIPPING has taken the lead to realize paperless import cargo delivery at Wuhu Port, which can ensure zero delay of import business for customers and greatly accelerate the emptying of heavy import containers. It can not only help attract cross-border e-commerce import customers with high requirements for timeliness to choose Wuhu Port, but also alleviate the shortage of container resources for foreign trade exports in Anhui Province.

SOURCE: COSCO SHIPPING

 

Maersk in Singapore

Maritime Industry Leaders to Explore Ammonia as Marine Fuel in Singapore

March 10, 2021 (Press Release) - A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S, Fleet Management Limited, Keppel Offshore & Marine, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Sumitomo Corporation and Yara International ASA are pleased to announce that the parties have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly conduct a feasibility study (hereinafter “Study”) with the aim to be one of the pioneers in establishing a comprehensive and competitive supply chain for the provision of green ammonia1 ship-to-ship bunkering at the Port of Singapore, the largest bunkering port in the world.

Emitting zero CO2 when combusted, ammonia has long been considered as one of the most promising alternative marine fuels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the shipping industry, which is in line with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to reduce CO2 emission by 2050. In particular, green ammonia possesses great potential as it is produced from only renewable electricity, water and air with no CO2 emission.

The Study aims to cover the entire end-to-end supply chain of ammonia bunkering, which includes the development of a cost-effective green1 ammonia supply chain, design of ammonia bunkering vessels, as well as related supply chain infrastructure. Relevant government agencies and experts in Singapore will be engaged in working towards the standardization of safe operation and regulations.

The study will assess the supply of ammonia including potential synergies with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as a starting point. Considering the comparable requirements for mild refrigerated storage, vessels or barges initially designed for LPG can also handle brown3, blue2 and green1 ammonia.

Mr Morten Bo Christiansen, VP and Head of Decarbonisation, A.P. Moller - Maersk, said “Alongside Methanol, at A. P. Moller - Maersk we see green ammonia as an important future fuel for the decarbonisation of our fleet. A dual fuel Ammonia engine is currently under development, but for green ammonia to fuel our vessels in the future we also have supply, infrastructure and safety related challenges to solve, not least when it comes to bunkering operations. We are pleased to work with renowned companies in this field to pave the way for Ammonia as a future fuel to decarbonise global shipping.”

Notes:

1Green ammonia: Carbon-free ammonia synthesized from nitrogen and carbon-free hydrogen produced from renewable energy.

2Blue ammonia: Carbon-neutral ammonia produced from natural gas, with the CO2 produced from the processes captured and prevented from entering the atmosphere.

3Brown ammonia: Conventional ammonia produced from natural gas.

4Ammonia-ready LPG bunkering vessel: LPG bunkering vessel, which can be modified and converted into ammonia bunkering vessel in the future.

SOURCE: A.P. Moller - Maersk

 

TJ Series yard trucks

GTI Preparing to Launch First-of-a-Kind Pilot with Fuel Cell Yard Trucks

March 2, 2021 - GTI announced that performance verification is nearing completion on new zero-emissions fuel cell-electric terminal tractors, and a first-of a kind pilot project is preparing to launch.

For 16 months, GTI and partners have been designing and assembling the tractors in a project called Zero Emissions for California Ports (ZECAP) that will assess vehicle operation in a demanding, real-world cargo-handling application. The hydrogen fueling equipment is in final assembly and slated for installation this spring, along with the delivery of trucks.

A terminal tractor, also called a yard truck, is a heavy-duty tractor designed to quickly couple and uncouple with trailers to move them within a cargo yard. More than 1,800 yard trucks operate at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which is more than half of all cargo-handling equipment (CHE) at these ports.

Yard trucks are the single largest source of CHE emissions but are more difficult to convert to zero-emission fuel cells or batteries because of their variable duty cycles and fundamental requirements for power, versatility, and durability.

In the ZECAP program, project partner TraPac will operate two fuel cell electric yard trucks for 12 months. The trucks are Capacity of Texas Trailer Jockey Series TJ9000 gliders configured with BAE Systems electric drive powertrain capable of peak propulsion power of 200kW (270 hp) and Ballard Power Systems FCveloCity®-HD85 85kW proton exchange membrane fuel cell. The Capacity truck can store 9.1kg of hydrogen at 350 bar and will fill at an onsite Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) hydrogen fueling station with 182kg storage capacity.

Other project partners are Frontier Energy and ZEN Clean Energy Solutions. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) funded the project through a grant.

“We designed the project to maximize the time the trucks will be in service,” said Bart Sowa, GTI’s project manager. “TraPac is a 24-hour operation. The fuel cell yard trucks are expected to operate for two shifts and refill in minutes, with minimum disruption to TraPac’s operation. We’ll collect and analyze real-time operating data to evaluate safety, reliability, efficiency, and ability to meet operational requirements.”

This project is a step toward achieving the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles goal of using 100% zero emission cargo handling equipment by 2030.

The $11M project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

GTI is a leading independent non-profit research, development, and training organization addressing global energy and environmental challenges.

SOURCE: GTI

 
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