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COSCO Shipping Ports Completes Smart Port Trial

May 11, 2020 (Port Technology International) - COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP), the biggest terminal operator in the world, has announced the successful completion of a 5G-enabled, automated vehicle trial at the Port of Xiamen, describing it as a “constructive result” in the development of smart ports.

In a statement, CSP said it worked with China Mobile and Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co. to complete the trial, which took place on the 11 May 2020.

An automated guided truck delivered containers to the COSCO Shipping Rose, collected others that were being unloaded and drove them to the yard.

In doing so, it automatically avoided several obstacles on the road and completed a series of operations, including positioning itself accurately for the cranes and smoothly completing all processes.

To mark the event, CSP hosted what it called the ‘5G Driverless Enabled Smart Ports’ video conference, which was broadcast to six cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Wuhan, Shiyan and Xiamen.

During this video conference, CSP and its partners signed a Letter of Intent for extending application at 5G+ smart port and provided an “implementation plan for domestic and international smart ports”.

In addition, they also agreed the “joint enterprise standard” of ‘Performance And Test Methods For Driverless Truck For Containers In The Ports’ – the first standard of performance and test methods for driverless truck for containers in the ports.

The joint enterprise standard is divided into four sections, namely: driving scene and driving behavior requirements, wireless communication and information security requirements, vehicle function and performance technical requirements, vehicle testing and test methods.

Each section contains scope of application of the standard, normal reference documents, terms and definitions of the standard and the specific technical performance requirements. Such standard is applicable to the development process of the intelligent network-connected automated system for driverless truck for containers in the ports.

SOURCE: Port Technology International

 

Kuehne + Nagel’s SeaExplorer Keeps Supply Chains Running

April 20, 2020 (Press Release) - Kuehne + Nagel has launched an enhanced version of its SeaExplorer online platform. Especially in the current volatile market environment, transparency is crucial for companies requiring sea freight services. Industry sources predict a high rate of cancelled sailings in various trades in the coming weeks. Schedule reliability is currently at 65%, the lowest level in the past ten years.

The new SeaExplorer features come just in time to mitigate these disruptions. In one single digital platform, it is now possible to find the best option for container shipping needs, including transparency on alternative routings and sailings. SeaExplorer customers can improve their shipment planning and inventory management with the help of artificial intelligence and the access to big data.

Otto Schacht, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for sea freight, says: “Given the challenges of Covid-19, the enhanced SeaExplorer supports shippers not only with realistic lead times for routings, but also with service updates and up-to-date sailing schedules showing alternative departures for blanked sailings. This allows customers to quickly and efficiently compare options across all liner services to easily adjust routings according to their requirements for speed and reliability.

As a new key feature, SeaExplorer also provides detailed visibility of CO2 emissions per service loop and port to port routing – a core element of Kuehne + Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme. “This feature allows our customers to choose the most sustainable transport option”, Schacht said.

About Kuehne + Nagel

With over 83,000 employees at 1,400 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies.

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Kongsberg to Test Autonomous Short Sea Shipping

KonebergJan. 23, 2020 - Konsgberg, a provider of next-generation technology for the maritime sector, will install and test autonomous technology on two short sea vessels after receiving a record-breaking funding grant from the EU.

The first vessel involved is Eidsvaag Pionner, which is owned by the Eidsvaag shipping company and operates along the Norwegian coast and fjord regions.

The second is a Belgian pallet shuttle barge owned by Blue Line Logistics NV, which operates on canals in Europe, transporting goods to and from large container ports.

The aim is to test and further develop key technology linked to fully autonomous navigation systems, intelligent machinery systems, self-diagnostics, prognostics and operation scheduling.

In order to do this, Kongsberg will develop cloud-based communications systems and advanced simulations to test and ensure that the autonomous vessels operate safely and optimally.

In a statement, the company said the EU had granted it $22.3 million (EUR 20.1 million), one of the largest grants ever awarded to a Norwegian firm.

The funding will be made through the AUTOSHIP project, a four-year scheme which is part of Horizon 2020, an EU research and innovation program.

“The Norwegian maritime cluster,” said Egil Haugsdal, CEO, Kongsberg Maritime “which Kongsberg is part of, is the world leader in autonomous shipping.

“Now we are further strengthening our position through the AUTOSHIP project which will accelerate the realisation of next-generation autonomous ships and create a roadmap for commercialising autonomous shipping in the EU in the next five years.

“There is increasing market demand for waterborne transport in the EU,” Haugsdal added.