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Port disaster preparedness and response, plus latest in terminal automation, optimisation and equipment technologies to be explored at TOC CSC Americas

14.11.2012 – As ever-larger containerships cascade into global and regional trade lanes, the pressure is on for container ports and terminals to handle greater cargo volumes, faster and more consistently, without sacrificing cost, safety and environmental efficiency. Continued innovation in port design, systems, technology and equipment, including advances in automation and electrification, are critical to meeting today’s multiple challenges.

Leading edge technologies and approaches to help ports and terminals ‘future-proof’ their facilities for the next several years will be on display and under discussion at the TOC Container Supply Chain Americas 2012 exhibition, taking place 4-6 December, Panama City, Panama.

This year’s exhibition once again includes a free-to-attend seminar programme, featuring debates, panel sessions and workshop presentations on a wide variety of port and terminal operations themes.

The opening day hosts the 6th State-of-the Art Industry Equipment and Technology Forum from PEMA, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (Stand A76). Featuring 25 industry experts representing major suppliers of cranes, mobile handling equipment, software, automation systems, environmental and safety technologies and more, the full-day PEMA Forum will discuss developments in container handling and process automation, high-level IT, yard and quay safety, electrification, environmental and energy management and asset lifecycle optimisation.

Day 2 includes a workshop on Port Design & Operations: Planning for & Responding to Natural Disasters. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, this timely session includes guest speaker Gary LaGrange, President & CEO of Port of New Orleans, who was responsible for shepherding the major US Gulf Coast port through the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath. LaGrange will be joined by Carlos Ospina, Senior Project Manager at consultant engineering company BergerABAM, who brings many years’ experience planning and designing port facilities to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. The two speakers will walk through key learning points, with advice on facility planning and design, equipment engineering, disaster preparedness and response.

Also on the agenda for Day 2 is Cutting Edge Approaches in Terminal Optimisation, with speakers from TBA and ISL Applications exploring new virtualization and optimisation technologies to improve planning, scheduling and synchronization of activities across the terminal.

Supporting the educational seminar programme, key equipment and technology suppliers to the industry will be on-hand in the exhibition to discuss their latest developments.

ABB Crane Systems (Stand B64) will display its latest solutions for Intelligent Automation of Quay and Stacking Cranes. A pioneer of control systems for automated stacking cranes (ASCs), ABB is now leading the way in ship-to-shore (STS) container crane automation. Since 2011, major regional transhipment hub Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), located at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal, has been home to the world’s first remotely-controlled STS crane in commercial operation, developed in close co-operation between ABB and MIT. ABB says that its remote control technology for STS cranes is now ready for deployment on a wider scale worldwide.

Leading spreader manufacturer Bromma (Stand B56), part of the Cargotec group, will highlight Work Order™, its new Green Zone™ fleet productivity tool, designed to help terminals reinvent spreader maintenance. Work Order™ dynamically generates maintenance reminders based both on running hours and cycles, or changes in spreader function performance, with pre-warning alarms that convey when components need to be placed.

RAM Spreaders (Stand C42) will showcase its environmentally-friendly all electric Separating Twinlift spreaders for STS cranes. Plus comprehensive range of yard crane spreaders. RAM will also focus on its recent innovations for ‘Twin 40 handling’ with its “Singflex” Headblock System, plus the “RAM Revolver” for containerised bulk handling solutions.

APS Technology (Stand A52) will demonstrate OCR-based automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals. Increasingly adopted in quay, yard and rail operations, as well as for automated gate systems (AGS), OCR is among the key technologies being installed by terminals today to automate previously manual business processes for improved operational productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness. Recently announced business for APS in the Americas region includes installation of quay crane OCR solutions for Los Angeles terminal operator Yusen Terminals International (YTI) and ICTSI subsidiary Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA) in Ecuador – an industry first for Latin America, plus a contract with Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) of Brazil for gate and rail OCR.

ISL Applications GmbH will attend with new Brazilian partner PARAGON Tecnologia Ltda on Stand C2 to guide visitors through the CHESSCON Capacity, Simulation and Virtual Terminal suite. CHESSCON applications help terminals simulate terminal layouts and stacking areas for any given capacity and vessel mix, reducing start-up times for greenfield projects and supporting operations during the entire terminal lifecycle. Earlier this year, terminal operating group ICTSI chose CHESSCON to support the planning, installation, start-up and operation of three greenfield projects in Argentina, Mexico and Columbia.

Phoenix Products Company (Stand D72) will show its full range of terminal and equipment lighting including the PCWL Series, its newest LED walkway light, designed to replace traditional linear fluorescent walkway lighting.

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For more information on this release, please contact:

Sam Whelan, Conference Producer, TOC Worldwide
Tel: +44 207 017 5675

Rachael White, Conference Editorial Director, TOC Worldwide
Tel +44 208 279 9403