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Cosco Shipping Ports’ Lianyungang Terminal goes live on N4

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and the provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain

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Cosco Shipping Ports' Lianyungang Terminal goes live on N4
Cosco Shipping Ports' Lianyungang Terminal goes live on N4. Image: Navis

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and the provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, announced that Lianyungang New Oriental International Terminals Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, has gone live with N4.

This implementation was completed by COSCO SHIPPING Ports as part of its larger globalization strategy with the terminals it operates.

Located on the southwestern coast of Haizhou Bay in China, Lianyungang New Oriental International Terminals Co., Ltd. is the first modern terminal company specializing in international container loading and discharging at Lianyungang Port. The terminal reached 2.88M TEU in 2018 and currently operates more than 20 international and domestic routes. LNOIT is the first COSCO SHIPPING Ports Group terminal to switch to N4 in China as part of a pilot program for go-lives in the future.

As the Eastern Bridgehead of the New Asia-Europe Continental Bridge, LNOIT plays an important role in regional economic development and needed a system that would help boost efficiency and bring greater value to its customers. The terminal selected N4 to help meet its immediate business goals to optimize performance, including streamlining its railway container operations, but also for longer term aspirations including cost savings, adaptability and scalability as it grows and its customer needs change.

“Our partnership with Navis is important to the overall strategy of our company. As we look to expand, we need an innovative system that is a global leader in the space to grow with our business,” said Zhang Dayu, Managing Director of COSCO SHIPPING Ports. “As the shipping industry is flourishing and the demand for mega-ships and more containers is on the rise, we look forward to the ways we can work with Navis to continue to remain a leader in the space.”

“The Asia-Pacific market plays a critical role in the ocean shipping industry, so it is imperative that we work with our partners in those regions to help them perform at their peak,” Mark Welles, Vice President and General Manager Asia Pacific, Navis. “The relationship we have with COSCO SHIPPING Ports has allowed us to broaden our reach in the region and we look forward to continuing to be a key partner to the terminals it operates and helping LNOIT be successful.”

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APM Terminals introduces APIs to transform the next generation of terminal data

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APM Terminals has introduced application programming interface accessibility to build stronger, digital supply chains for logistics customers. APIs allow data to be transmitted in just seconds from the terminals’ operating systems directly to customers own transport management or logistics systems.

“We have co-developed our APIs with customers looking for real-time data to give them better visibility at the container terminal level,” said David Francis, APM Terminals Head of Digital Customer Solutions. Once a customer queries a container or multiple containers, they’ll receive the latest status of the container instantly. “By creating better integration with our data through APIs we can improve decision-making for our customers and remove supply chain inefficiencies, which are costing the industry billions each year,” he explains.

During the pandemic, cargo visibility issues have been exacerbated due to, among other things, transport and travel restrictions, reduced capacity and additional import/export controls. At the same time, demand patterns literally changed overnight as employees started to work remotely. “Never before, has speed and visibility been so key for improving the flow of goods and managing expectations,” says Francis.

Delivery experience as important as the product

The exponential increase in ecommerce and the urgency of home deliveries brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that for some customers, the delivery experience has become integral to the product itself. For companies wanting to gain a competitive edge, getting this right is essential.

Currently, logistics companies spend a lot of time calling or emailing for cargo status updates. Over the last few months, this has been exacerbated by critical cargo for medical support and delays caused by reduced staffing. Apart from being inefficient in terms of human capital, this can also lead to error and delays.

A step up from EDI

Larger logistics companies may also rely on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), which has been commonly used since the 1970s. However, as the internet’s capabilities have grown, the use of APIs are playing an increasingly important role, offering easier integration into digital ecosystems used by customers.

The packaging and sending of data using EDI can, in some scenarios, result in data being outdated several hours, increasing the likelihood of supply chain partners using incorrect information to make decisions. This makes APM Terminals’ APIs the ideal solution for shipping lines, inland transporters, cargo owners and managers, and data aggregators who process higher volumes.

Initially, APM Terminals is making APIs available to track import availability at container level, including container data, estimated time of arrival and date of discharge from the vessel, the status of the container, any holds on the container, and whether a truck appointment has been made.

The company is also offering an API to track vessel schedules in real-time, including estimated arrival and departure times, and cut-off times for delivering a variety of container types.

APIs speed implementation, save time and create a digital edge 

APM Terminals’ APIs use familiar standard protocols, meaning that implementation by the customer is a fast, one-time process that saves time and IT resources. Any maintenance on the API is carried out by APM Terminals.

The first locations to support the import availability and vessel schedule APIs are APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, California – North America’s largest privately-operated container terminal and Pacific gateway to the United States along with APM Terminals Port Elizabeth – the company’s largest container terminal on the US East Coast serving as the Atlantic gateway to the US and Canada – and APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama – the company’s US Gulf gateway to the Southeast, Midwest and Central Canada. Fifteen more terminals in the company’s global portfolio will be added by the end of the year.

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Ship to shore cranes on the way to Port of Immingham

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Two new ship to shore cranes worth £11.5 million have left manufacturers in China on their way to the Port of Immingham as part of the Humber Container Terminal expansion.

The cranes are part of a £33million upgrade and improvement programme at Immingham Container Terminal to future proof the terminal, extend its footprint, maximise efficiencies and improve the service to customers.

The new ship to shore cranes are supplied under a Kalmar JV with Rainbow Cargotec Industries with its product custom made for Immingham. The cranes make working on the terminal more efficient and increase productivity due the reliability of the machinery. Their simplified modular design is lightweight and durable, making maintenance easier and has been tailored to Immingham Container Terminal’s exact needs.

These cranes are designed to load and unload sea-going vessels for ISO-standard containers. Once the cranes arrive, a full training & familiarisation programme will  be provided by Kalmar and delivered to the Immingham Container Terminal operatives.

The cranes will arrive later in the Summer and should be fully in service by early Autumn..

In preparation for the arrival of the new cranes, earlier this month  one of the current  ship to shore cranes were moved on to Henderson Quayside (Immingham) by Mammut SPMT’s as part of the final phase of the £33 million investment to expand and upgrade the terminal.

Simon Bird, Regional Director of ABP Humber, said: “This is an exciting development for the Humber Ports. The £33 million investment to the Humber Container Terminal in Immingham is a great step forward to future proofing the terminal and alongside the £14 million recent investment in the sister container terminal in Hull means that the provision for containers in the Humber will now be outstanding. The project team have been working hard through Covid-19 to ensure works are still being carried out. ABP key workers have been doing a fantastic job in Keeping Britain Trading.”

ABP has continued to invest in the Humber Ports to ensure that they have the infrastructure needed to seize opportunities.

As part of ABP’s ongoing commitment to customers, ABP has been investing in the container infrastructure. In 2018, the container terminal in Hull expanded which saw sailings increase from five to 15 per week in a short space of time, adding new destinations as partners. The ICT project is a similar investment of £33 million and is currently underway in the container terminal in the Port of Immingham which will increase the space, improve the layout and add new equipment. The investment will make sure ABP’s offering to customers is the best available.

This investment across the two terminals in Hull and Immingham is making the Humber Ports one of the most significant hubs for short sea containers in the UK market.

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U.S. Department of Transportation grants $19.8 million to expand container terminals of Port Tampa Bay

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Port Tampa Bay received a $19.8 million grant as part of the US Department of Transportation’s INFRA Grant program. This program recognizes innovative projects that improve our nation’s infrastructure in the critical areas where transportation networks intersect.

Port Tampa Bay will use the grant money to complete the Berth 214 project, which is the definition of an ideal intermodal project due to its ability to connect cargo that arrived by ship to road or rail. Port Tampa Bay will use the grant to expand its container complex. With this INFRA grant, the port will meet existing market demand by expediting construction of a new, 1,300-foot-long berth and a 30-acre container yard. Florida importers and exporters, manufacturers and other producers will benefit, and there are considerable emissions reductions, improved safety measures and other economic benefits.

“This grant, combined with Port Tampa Bay and Florida’s investment, will provide long term-term benefits for the logistics supply chain as Florida’s population growth continues to grow. I want to thank Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for awarding our port the INFRA grant so that we can continue to expand service to our community and region,” explained Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay President and CEO.

This project is Port Tampa Bay’s top priority and is a project of regional and national significance. In addition to the INFRA grant, the project will be completed with funding from the state, federal government, and the port.

Port Tampa Bay has seen unprecedented expansion in our containerized cargo business lines recently, and this project will complement that growth. These funds will be used to expand our container capacity by 60 percent, increase the number of deep draft container vessels the port can receive, improve efficiency with a state-of-the-art truck gate, and improve rail access. As we celebrate 75 years of consistent growth and success at Port Tampa Bay, projects like this will continue to provide generational impacts for our region.

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