Smart Ports & Cargo Chains:
Data, Digitalisation & Disruption

Friday 21 Sept 2018
Morris Wosk Centre, Vancouver,
British Columbia

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Hosted by The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association

Part of ICHCA & NMSA’s
NEW TECH, NEW WORLD WEEK, 18-21 Sept 2018.


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John Beckett, Vice President, Training, Safety & Recruitment, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association; Chairman, ICHCA International
Daniel Negron, Vice President, Through Transport Mutual Services (Americas)

TT Club insures the entire freight supply chain on land, at sea and in the air, from ports and terminals to freight forwarders and logistics providers to ship and container operators. To mark its 50th anniversary, this year the Club embarked on a project with McKinsey & Co to explore what containerisation might look like in the next 25 years.

Based on interviews with senior industry leaders, disruptors, lawyers and other key influencers, the study lays out six possible scenarios for the future. TT Club’s Daniel Negron will share and discuss the study’s key findings.

Key talking points:
• Global trade and containerisation – the past 25 years
• Six potential sources of value creation in the future
• Will trade growth or digitalisation drive value creation in the next 25 years?

David Williams, DPhil, Vice President of Policy, Business Council of British Colombia

Digital technologies are transforming the way we live, work, produce and consume goods and services. In the future, firms will use digital technologies to automate many routine and rules-based steps in the production process. They will also increasingly automate steps that are complex, cognitive and non-routine.

Based on his recent publication, Dr. David Williams will explore six core propositions about the impact of recent technological progress on the labour market. How can policy-makers – in British Columbia, Canada and globally – maximise the productivity gains of technological progress through digitalisation, while taking steps to mitigate its intrinsically-skewed distribution of benefits?

Key talking points:
• What is the digital economy?
• How is technology transforming the labour market?
• What are the implications for economies and policy makers?

How are national and international regulators responding to rapid technological advances on land and at sea? How should the cargo handling community respond to take advantage of the opportunities created by new technology while mitigating the risks?

Capt. Richard Brough OBE, Technical Advisor, ICHCA International Ltd

John Beckett, Vice President, Training, Safety & Recruitment, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association; Chairman, ICHCA International Ltd

Dr. Christian Augustin, Head of Sales & Business Development, indurad GmbH / Yardeye GmbH

Smart technologies are now a reality in dry bulk handling, helping to de-bottleneck port operations, increase safety and enhance productivity. This case study session will explore how intelligent sensor fusion networks and smart automation concepts have been deployed successfully over the last two years at Pacific Coast Terminals and Westshore Terminals in Vancouver and at Vale’s Ponta de Madeira facility in Brazil, introducing remote-controlled and fully autonomous solutions for ship loading, stacker/reclaimer and car dumper equipment. The presentation will also look ahead to the next generation of bulk automation technology.

Key talking points:
• The business drivers for remote control and automation in bulk handling
• The connection between remote control, productivity and safety improvements
• New trends in smart machine control for the future

Stephan Trauth, Vice President Sales, Yardeye

Interaction between personnel and automated container cranes in the intermodal field is not possible without safe tracking and identification of personnel. Yardeye has developed a solution to allow automated crane movements in combination with working personnel.

The presentation will explore the possibilities for simultaneous interaction between personnel and automated container cranes, showing how equipment, infrastructure and personnel must be equipped for a safe, reliable and durable tracking of all parties. Safety also goes hand-in-hand with performance, with new technology allowing path optimisation and efficient movements of the crane from the starting point to the destination.

Key talking points:
• Enabling safe and productive interaction between personnel and automated cranes
• Exploring the state-of-the-art in processes and technologies
• Future trends and possibilities

Maggie Richardson, Sales Application Engineer, TMEIC

Bigger call exchanges and tough market competition are putting pressure on container terminals to increase throughput and efficiency. Automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) increase productivity inside the terminal ‘four walls’ by performing robotic moves inside a designated stacking area and using remote operators for interactions with horizontal transport equipment. Reducing congestion and queues at truck gates is also vital to maintain cargo chain efficiency and reduce environmental and social impact from idling vehicles.

TMEIC has developed a new system allowing autonomous operation between ASCs and top-loaded container handling equipment (CHE), including road-chassis, without additional sensors or infrastructure requirements, helping to eliminate delays and mitigate emissions in the Landside Transfer Zone.

Key talking points:
• The current limitations with terminals using automated stacking cranes
• The potential benefits of adding a landside automation system
• How the technology is possible without additional infrastructure

Peter van Duyn, Maritime Logistics Expert, ICHCA Australia and Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics, Deakin University

Automation is happening across all links in the supply chain, but there are many technical and legal issues still to be resolved, not least around connectivity, cybersecurity and safety. Artificial Intelligence will speed up the pace of automation, but autonomous vehicles and vessels operating in a part manual/part automated environment present challenges that will need to be overcome. Peter van Duyn will look at present and future developments in automation across sea, ports and landside cargo operations.

Key talking points:
• When will the future arrive? Technology tipping points
• Current and proposed automation in container terminals and other cargo chain activities
• Automated end to end supply chains
• Autonomous vehicles and vessels

Colin Laughlan, Former Vice Chair and Acting Chair, United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and President, LCI, Inc.

Today’s international trade procedures require a complex flow of information involving many parties, often with heavy and redundant documentation, hampering commercial, regulatory and logistical decision-making. This approach does not adequately support global cargo flows for modern government requirements such as cross-border security compliance, risk assessment and customs clearance, nor private sector needs for optimised transport planning, cargo handling and safety standards, not to mention commercial processes.

The Data Pipeline concept is central to a seamless, integrated structure for the exchange of data in global trade and cargo transport, allowing data that originates at source – including information from ‘smart’ devices – to be collected once and used multiple times. But for global data pipelines to function, the use of internationally recognised standards is crucial. A suite of Reference Data Models to support the data pipeline principle has now been completed by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and work is underway now on additional standards that are expected to stimulate the development of commercial data pipelines in the near future.

Key talking points:
• Which supply chain actors will be impacted directly with data pipelines
• How data pipelines will enable the right data to be collected from the right party at the right time
• How data pipelines can facilitate supply chain safety and compliance

Erick Hawley-Saia, Director of Safety & Loss Control, Greenwich Terminals LLC representing the Ports of the Delaware River Marine Trade Association

The cargo community prepares, loads, transfers and delivers dangerous goods every day. However, an incident involving dangerous goods can quickly escalate, placing everyone in the supply chain at risk, as well as the wider public. Technology, and education about its use, can empower employees and global stakeholders to properly ship these cargoes, as well as to prepare for and respond to a dangerous goods incident.

Learning about and properly using technology will help mitigate the risk of an incident occurring and enable all those affected by an incident to make educated decisions in the critical first moments and thereafter.

Erick Hawley-Saia will explore how to make best use of current technology, how to share intelligence on new tools under development and how to bring emerging technology innovations to the operational level as quickly as possible to advance safety in dangerous goods operations.

Key talking points:
• Current technology readily available to help safely transport DG
• Emerging technology that will advance DG transportation to the next generation of mobility and effectiveness
• Understand the potential connectivity of stakeholders in the supply chain using these technologies

James Douglas, Director, EXIS Technologies

Around 10% of containers carried on deep sea container lines are declared as classified dangerous goods. Before any of those make it on board, they go through the regulatory IMDG checks with which we are all familiar. Complicated enough. Then container lines must check that they can be loaded under the DG house rules for their operations, relevant vessel restrictions and whether the individual DG shipments or sum total of the DG classes on board contravene any port or terminal restrictions en route.

But it doesn’t end there as many container lines are members of shipping alliances and some of the DG will be shipped with partner line vessels to serve the destinations. So, all the DG must go through the same house, vessel and port checks for the partner lines’ legs. And all this before initial acceptance of a container. Add to this the fact that sadly some shippers either do not declare or mis-declare DG cargo then the possible dangers multiply. Some containers are inspected pre-export to ensure compliance and if shippers know about random checks this can help to deter fraud.

Technology solutions are now being developed to make all this information accessible in one place to reduce acceptance delays, improve compliance and decrease safety risks, as well as providing a powerful database for analytics. The presentation explores current industry initiatives to improve safety through data quality and common databases whilst challenging the port/terminal industry to join the process.

Key talking points:
• A holistic view of the DG/Hazmat industry and how digitalisation can enhance safety at sea and in ports
• How shared data will improve safety and efficiency at ports and terminals
• How analytics from the data will give ICHCA and other NGOs better information with which to help influence policy

Wendy Asbil, National Manager Invasive Alien Species and Domestic Plant Health Programs, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The migration of plant and animal species to non-native areas poses a growing threat to the global ecosystem and biodiversity. Recognising the issues posed by world seaborne trade, ICHCA has jointly published Prevention of Pest Contamination of Containers: Joint Industry Guidelines for Cleaning of Containers together with the Container Owners Association, IICL and World Shipping Council.

In her presentation, Wendy Asbil will highlight the importance of biosecurity measures along the supply chain from original to destination in mitigating plant health risks to North America. While the North America Sea Container Initiative will be the main focus, other plant protection regulatory programmes and initiatives will be discussed.

Key talking points:
• Understanding the biosecurity risks of conveyances, containers and cargoes and some of the initiatives in place to mitigate the issues
• What are the implications of plant protection regulations on cargo flows?
• How to prepare your organisation to contribute to biosecurity initiatives to sustain business operations and trade flow

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From daily operations to global regulations, new technology is having a profound impact on the maritime cargo chain across sea and land.

As we head toward the next decade, automation, digitalisation, Internet of Things , cloud platforms and other technologies are starting to significantly reshape cargo handling and operations both on the demand and supply side.

Safer, more sustainable and more efficient operations are the potential prize, but for cargo handling professionals and regulators this new reality also poses significant new challenges.

  • How do we re-skill and equip people to work safely, securely and productively in an increasingly automated and digital world?
  • How do we adapt governance and legislation to the new reality?
  • And how do we deal with an exponential increase in cyber risk that threatens to derail digital advances?

Developing new digital competence is key, but hard-won expertise in the tough daily business of safe physical cargo handling, infrastructure management, shipping and land transport operations cannot be neglected or marginalized.

Should you be there?

  • Are you dedicated to safety or operational best practice in the cargo handling industry?
  • Are you interested in how we can better galvanise digital to improve safety and operational best practice?
  • Do you want to get up to date on how automation, digitalisation, Internet of Things, cloud platforms and other technologies are already changing cargo handling operations today?

Whether you are an ICHCA Member or not, you are welcome to join us for a fascinating day looking at how to develop new digital competence for safer, more sustainable and more efficient cargo operations.

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