Major European Port Joins Global Association
The Port of Algeciras has officially joined the International Port Community Systems Association (IPSCA) as it looks to drive digital collaboration and improve trade logistics, according to a statement.
The Algeciras Port Bay Authority (APBA) has said joining the association will accelerate its drive towards digital visibility and operational management.
This is particularly true for the development of Teleport 2.0, its soon-to-be new port community system (PCS), which will APBA says will be a revolution in port logistics functionality.
The APBA was a founder member of the Teleport Port Community System in 2011, which used a Single Window approach to various integrated EDI and web applications into a common platform.
Speaking about the announcement and the development of Teleport 2.0, Paco Saucedo, the APBA’s project manager, said: “Algeciras is a unique port because we handle such a wide variety of cargoes and traffic, including containers, vehicles, trucks, petrochemicals and bunkers – and we hold the first, second or third place in Spain for different types of cargo.
“We are also a full service port with facilities for repairing and ship supply.
A recent Port Technology technical paper looked at the future of automation and IoT in ports and container terminals
“Teleport 2.0 will focus on services, processes and community collaboration to reach common goals with new technology.
“We have planned to introduce 2.0 in an agile way, transitioning from Teleport 1.0 stage by stage – because the port never stops.”
A panoramic view of the Port of Algeciras. Credit: IPSCA
The APBA said it is planning to play a proactive role on a number of IPSCA’s specialist working groups, in particular, collaborative efforts around e-commerce and integration between port community systems.
It will also look to utilize the IPSCA’s blockchain initiatives - the port adopted TradeLens, the blockchain collaboration between Maersk and tech giant IBM in January 2019, a story PTI reported on.
Richard Morton, secretary general of IPSCA, welcomed APBA: “We are delighted to welcome the Port of Algeciras Bay Authority as our newest member.
“IPCSA has grown rapidly in recent years – in terms of membership, which is now over 40, and also in the breadth of expertise of our members.
“We are well established as an international association with an unrivaled level of expertise and experience and we have a strong relationship with a number of international bodies, including the IMO, WCO and UN/CEFACT.
“IPCSA prides itself in sharing knowledge and experience and we look forward to welcoming representatives of the Port of Algeciras Bay Authority to our working groups and regular conferences and meetings.”