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TOS suppliers scale down
to broaden their appeal
he market for Terminal Operat-
TOS vendors are looking for ways to make
ing System (TOS) software for
container terminals is dividing
off-the-shelf applications more attractive
into two different segments. On the one
hand, large terminals and greenfield devel-
to smaller terminals
opments are increasingly opting for off-the-
shelf Navis software from Zebra Enterprise BNSF and CSX in the US and Freight- with Messina Line in Italy and Gulftainer
Solutions (ZES), their own in-house de- liner in Europe. in the UAE, where it will provide the TOS
velopments or Korea’s Total Soft Bank Jade Software in New Zealand has also for a new terminal at Ruwais in Abu Dhabi.
(TSB). On the other, an increasing number been pushing hard to increase its global There are plenty of others in the run- Jade Software has won a contract to supply its JMT TOS for Gulftainer’s new Ruwais terminal in
of vendors are finding opportunities with footprint and recently secured contracts ning too: the UK’s Central Systems and Abu Dhabi. Gulftainer uses another TOS at its larger Khorfakkan (pictured) and Sharjah facilities
smaller terminals, often replacing in-house
systems. The leading TOS vendors are now
considering new products and service de-
livery methods to broaden their appeal to
smaller customers.
ZES is entrenching its position as the
dominant off-the-shelf TOS supplier for
larger terminals. In the last six months it
has announced major new contracts for
VAHLE has it covered ...
terminals in Callao, Peru (DP World),
Saudi Arabia (Gulf Stevedoring’s Jubail
terminal and Red Sea Gateway Termi-
Electrical Current and Data Transmission for Port Equipment
nals in Jeddah), Israel (Haifa Port Com-
pany) and most recently Yilport in Tur-
key. All these terminals have plans to han-
dle 1M TEU or more with SPARCS N4. ogy
Unipole Conductor
ZES is also in a strong position with
• The hi-tech alternative
some of the global terminal operators; it
is known to have a global contract with
to cable chain and
DP World and APM Terminals confirmed cable carriers
it has a “global frame agreement with Ze-
• Main current and data
bra at this point in time and we review it
annually based on market conditions.”
Korea’s Total Softbank (TSB) has had
• Data transmission speed
some recent success with PSA and CMA
up to 10 Mb/s
CGM, at Vung Tau Vietnam and the Lattakia
Port General Company in Syria respec- • Equipment travel speed
tively, and also gained important new cus-
up to 600 m/min.
tomers in Gothenburg and Auckland.
Other global operators, however, are
• Low life-cycle cost
increasingly using their own TOS devel-
opments, notably HPH’s nGEN and
Hanjin’s in-house systems developed by
Heavy Enclosed
its IT subsidiary Cyberlogitec.
Conductor Systems
Diverse market
The market for TOS for smaller termi-
• Above and in-ground
nals is far more diverse. Tideworks Tech-
nology has been steadily building its busi-
port technol
• In-ground (trench)
ness and in recent months has announced
new contracts with the Massachusetts Port
systems are traversable
Authority and two terminals in the ICTSI
• Up to 20 kV
group - Batumi in Georgia and BCT at
Gdynia. Tideworks has also won impor-
tant contracts in the rail market with
View from
Cable Carriers
the bridge
• For round and fl at cable
• Travel speed up to
Tideworks Technology has imple-
mented its Digital Bridge software at
Ports America Tampa and Port
• Motor driven festoon
Everglades Terminal (PET) in Florida. systems
Digital bridge is a web-based, real
time monitoring tool that provides
visibility into terminal operations by
analsysing data on key performance
indicators such as yard, vessel and gate
metrics in the Mainsail, Spinnaker and
Traffic Control databases. The results
• Environmentally friendly
are displayed graphically and the dis-
play parameters can be customised by
• Low maintenance
the end user using favourites.
• Cost effectiveness
Both terminals are existing
Tideworks customers; PET imple-
mented its Mainsail TOS in 2004 and
now uses the entire Tideworks suite
of applications, while Ports America
Motor driven
deployed Tideworks’ Mainsail, Main-
sail Online, Forecast and Spinnaker so-
Cable Reels
lutions in a fully-hosted environment
• Low maintenance
in 2006, followed by the addition of
Welcome to TOC Asia 2010 in Shanghai
its Traffic Control equipment control • Frequency inverter assures (China) from 16-18 March 2010.
application in 2008.
careful cable handling
Meet us at booth C-24.
“Digital Bridge allows us to pro-
vide real-time answers to our custom-
• Spreader reels for speeds
ers without delay with regards to our up to 240 m/min.
entire container terminal operation,”
said Sal Kass, general manager at Ports
America Tampa. “Not only can day-
Kamen/Germany +49(0)2307/704-0
to-day staff use this tool, our senior
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management is also able to log in from
any remote wireless location.” ❏
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