The impact of digitisation and the Internet of Things on global container supply chain operations, shipping and landside logistics will be a major theme at the 40th TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition, which will be taking place June 14-16, 2016 at the Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany.
As container shipping lines come under extreme pressure to squeeze costs out of their businesses, the ripple effects are spreading along the maritime supply chain.
Ports and terminals especially are coming under greater cost pressures than ever before as they seek to improve operating efficiencies and reduce disconnects in the hand-offs between supply chain components in the face of larger ships, lower growth and more price-sensitive customers.
Technology is expected to play a key role in tackling these challenges, making real-time information available to all parties across shared platforms.
But digitisation is only part of the story. Business transformation also requires everyone to make the necessary cultural, commercial and regulatory adjustments to a brave new world of ‘collaborative decision making’.
This year’s TOC Europe Container Supply Conference (CSC) will bring together key players to look not just at technology innovation, but also to explore the business value of connectivity.
Andreas Mrozek, Global Head Marine & Terminal Operations at Hamburg Süd and headline CSC speaker, said: “Shipping is currently in the process of learning to become much more innovative in terms of technology. Implementation cycles have been speeded up, and both shipping lines and ports are experimenting with new technologies and new IT optimisation systems.
“However, a key factor in the successful implementation of technology innovations is a new form of cooperation between ports, terminals, shipping lines and other supply chain partners jointly to optimise the supply chain in order to take real advantage of these developments.”
Numerous examples of these new forms of cooperation will be discussed throughout the CSC conference, principally collaborative decision making, driven by advanced data collection and analytics.
Speakers exploring this topic on day two of CSC at TOC Europe will include Dr Oscar Pernia, Director of Product Strategy for Navis, and Dr Francisco de los Santos, Chief Technology Officer of Algeciras Port Authority, who will present jointly on “Digital Ports”.
Basing their analysis on the implementation of ‘Algeciras BrainPort 2020’, they will explain how this major maritime hub is moving towards a new port management model where, it serves to instil a new culture and mind-set focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence.
Their presentation on this project can be heard in the Day Two CSC session ‘The Future is Smart: Technology Transformation & Disruption Across the Container Supply Chain’ on Wed June 15, 2016.
Also on day two of TOC Europe CSC, the session on ‘Digitization of Container Trade: Collaborative Platforms & Networks’, will expand on how logistics stakeholders can replace fragmented data silos and manual information exchange with digital information hubs connecting multiple parties.
Robert Inchausti, Chief Technology Officer at XVELA, will discuss how cloud-based collaboration can enable ocean carriers and terminal operators to jointly manage the vessel stowage planning and execution process.
Watch an exclusive video interview with Chris Mazza, Vice President of XVELA, as he explains how the cloud-based platform works:
XVELA first introduced its ‘pit-stop port’ concept at TOC Europe in 2015 and since then has secured a number of major terminal and shipping groups to take part in its pilot phase.
These are just a few examples of the emerging “digital container supply chain” to be explored during the Innovation & Technology Day at TOC Europe CSC this year, with other expert speakers from ABB, BIMCO, CyberKeel, Data61, Dell, E.R Schiffart, Port of Hamburg, Kuehne + Nagel, ORBCOMM and Quintiq, delving into issues ranging from disruptive technologies to data collaboration, smart assets, IoT, Big Data, analytics and cyber security.
Paul Holloway, Director of TOC Worldwide, said: “Over the past four decades, TOC has put technology at the heart of the conversation on how container port and logistics operations must evolve to meeting changing market needs. Today, as technology evolves at a startling pace, this dialogue is more important than ever before.
“The ‘flight to connectivity’ could transform container supply chain operations in ways that none of us can yet fully imagine and we are delighted to welcome a stellar line-up of speakers to help map out the future at the 40th TOC conference in Europe.”
TOC Europe comprises three concurrent debating forums – the Container Supply Chain (CSC) Conference, the TECH TOC Conference and Bulk Ports & Technology – supported by a trade exhibition where industry peers can meet suppliers, swap notes and debate the high level discussion points presented in the conference sessions.
Fact File: For nearly 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals.