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Portwise strengthens terminal automation expertise with launch of Automation Consulting business line.

Based on our expertise and experiences from many automation implementation projects around the world, we meet the needs of terminals to take their automation projects to new heights.

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9 tips that helps you maximizing productivity and throughput of your bulk terminal.

What is the secret behind it that helps to save millions of pounds annually by maximizing both productivity and throughput? Our dedicated team of modelling experts shares 9 tips.

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Maintaining reliable quay crane productivity in RTG terminals with high storage density

We studied the impact of density in the storage yard of container terminals on quay crane productivity, and how to reduce the drop of productivity at high densities.

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Brownfield terminal automation: 5 major pitfalls

The road to automation is full of risks and challenges. If such challenges are not tackled adequately, the objectives may not be achieved. Here we discuss a number of pitfalls to be avoided during the implementation of (automation) technology.

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Berth capacity as function of call size

The change from being a port as part of a intercontinental rotation to a regional rotation is a big one. Not just for the terminal operator, but certainly also for the cargo owners

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Portwise will present at the Future-Proof Technologies Conference in Dubai

Join Dr. Yvo Saanen, Managing Director of Portwise, for a Q&A session at the Future-Proof Technology Event in Dubai on February 29th, organized by Transport & Logistics Middle East.

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Interview with Yvo Saanen on technological developments at terminals

During this interview Portwise discussed global logistics, automation, and technological developments at terminals. Including to make them sustainable.

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Shifted timelines for autonomous vehicles

When we look at the port sector, we can state that automation has substantially improved safety, to the extent that there is not a single (in 30 years of terminal automation) casualty due to a robot crane or a robot vehicle.

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The road to carbon zero is not just as simple as buying electric equipment

Becoming carbon neutral is one of the main challenges in the maritime industries for the next decades. To achieve that, electrifying equipment is surely an important path (if not the most relevant).

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Myths and reality about technological developments: separating hype from value​ 

In this article, we explore several key insights that were shared during the presentation. We zoom into the myths and realities surrounding technological developments and discuss how to distinguish hype from actual value.

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The ASC yard vs. the transhipment factor

In a recent keynote (#CTAC USA 2023 in Norfolk), Rich Ceci and Yvo Saanen presented lessons learnt from 20 years of terminal development in the port of Virginia.

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Portwise Welcomes Kaj de Groot as Director of Automation Projects

Kaj de Groot will join the Portwise team, bringing his extensive experience and expertise in automation and autonomy to lead the new business line within the company, dedicated to automation projects.

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Maximizing terminal performance through integration of equipment design in bulk terminals

The integrated model integrates all of the major parts, including trucks, storage, conveyors, (un)loaders and vessels of a bulk terminal.

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Decoupling operations: what are the benefits?

Applying a core logistical concept into container terminals: buffering. In this article, we like to explore the benefits of decoupling, as they are not always seen.

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Decoupling impact versus driving distance

In this article, Yvo Saanen discusses the (beneficial) effect of decoupling vs driving distance. A theme that keeps coming back in our planning work at Portwise.

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Minimised AGV apron. An alternative approach to waterside operations.

This article describes an alternative approach for the interchange between QC and AGV at a similar footprint as for terminals with manned vehicles.

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Portwise will present at TOC Americas

During the event, Guilherme Peixoto, Regional Director of Portwise, will present at the Tech Progam about "Decarbonization Of Container Terminals For Planning And Optimization Purposes". 

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Portwise will present at CTAC North America

Dr Yvo Saanen of Portwise will be the keynote speaker at CTAC North America. Talking about "Container Terminal Automation Lessons Learned Based on 20 Years of Experience in the Port of Virginia."

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Saving Energy at Terminals

The energy transition should start with operational efficiency, better information flow, better planning, and many more operational improvement measures.

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Portwise will present at The Ports Australia Business and Operations Conference

The 2023 theme of the conference is The Next Wave, as we all seek to understand and capture innovation both domestically and abroad.

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Can Portwise simulation models be used as digital twins?

This article explains the simulation models of Portwise, the possibilities for digital twinning in (container) terminal operations, and whether these two worlds can meet.

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Portwise is exhibiting at TOC Europe

We look forward welcoming you at stand B49 to catch up, discuss latest developments and share knowledge that ultimately will result in an optimized, sustainable and smart working terminal.

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A design approach for robotized maritime container terminals

Although container volume growth is stagnating, the terminal industry is still being challenged with change, and resulting pressure.

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10 key actions for terminals and ports

Technology has become an enabler in developing innovative, value adding solutions that actually address real-life problems.

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Technologies that bring value to ports and terminals

For automated equipment as well, which requires a fail-safe and continuous communication, 5G provides a much better foundation than common WiFi connections.

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TBA's design, simulation, and consultancy operations continue under the name Portwise.

The new name and brand are a next step in our ambition to be a global consultancy firm making global terminal logistics smarter, more efficient, more sustainable and more future-proof.

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Turning data into knowledge: Bridging the gap in the terminal industry

Using data to drive operational improvements is a common industry practise, and the port logistics industry is no exception.

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