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Improving operational safety

The installation of PORTAUTOMATION Mobile Systems at Port Otago Ltd, Port Chalmers container terminal has been instrumental in operational safety improvements of their Kalmar Straddle Carrier fleet.

As reported in the World Cargo News September edition: “Otago has identified Straddle rollovers as one of its highest potential risk areas. It runs a fleet of 15 Kalmar machines that are equipped with an alert system that raises an alarm if the driver exceeds a pre-calculated stability level based on speed, spreader position and turning radius”.

“In 2018, the Port fitted its Straddles with (PORTAUTOMATION Mobile Systems) telemetry units that transmit and record data from the stability sensors. The number and incidence of alerts these generate is (monitored with the PORTAUTOMATION PortSpective and) shared with drivers”. “Drivers that record any tip alerts in a two-hour driving shift are required to have a safety discussion with a supervisor”.

According to the Port, “within three months, the number of red alerts fell from 350 per week to less than 20. Within a year, the number had fallen to less than five”.

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PORTAUTOMATION systems available in Australia and New Zealand

Hello Ted!

The Port Automation team are delighted to announce a new partnership for the Australia and New Zealand region with the signing of an agreement between International Terminal Solutions Ltd and Linksworx Pty Ltd.

Linksworx is based in Queensland, Australia and is headed up by Ted Lushchayev. Ted has extensive experience in system integration in the Ports and Terminal industry and has worked with various leading terminals, helping them to get the best out of their systems.

Richard Lambert, Managing Director, said “We are delighted that Linksworx is working with us to bring the ITS Port Automation Systems to this important region. Working with Linksworx will help clients in Australasia and Oceania with a local partner, enabling them to take advantage of proven cost-effective systems and implement these with all the benefits that localised support brings”.

Liverpool moves forward with PORTAUTOMATION Mobile Systems

Peel Ports, operators of the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal in the Port of Liverpool, have opted for the recently launched PORTAUTOMATION Mobile Systems for their new Straddle Carriers. The new systems connect to the Navis N4 Terminal Operation System (TOS) and automatically update equipment operators with current container move instructions, tracking equipment as well as container movements. The mobile systems also authorise the operators, allowing them to securely logon to N4 with their ISPS cards and removing the need to carry two means of identification to use the equipment.

This upgrade to the latest PORTAUTOMATION Mobile Systems is a significant step forward for the terminal, upgrading existing systems that are approaching a decade old.

“We are pleased that Peel Ports recognised our depth of industry experience and have trusted us with this critical link in their operational chain.” said Richard Lambert, Managing Director of ITS.

“Our PORTAUTOMATION Mobile Systems come with many advanced features such as: Automatic Job step sequencing and geo-fencing. They are plug-and-play ready with the Port Automation management systems for operator authorisation, safety and security management, telemetry, asset management and live operational visualisation.”

People on the move

Welcome Irma!

The Port Automation team are delighted to announce that Irma van Dijk has joined International Terminal Solutions Ltd as part of the Business Development Team for the Ports, Terminals and Logistics sector.

Irma, who holds a Masters Degree in International Business and Latin American Studies and speaks 6 languages, brings with her a background in Strategic planning, operational management, leadership and business relationship management.

Richard Lambert ITS’ Managing Director said “we are delighted that Irma has joined our team of Port Automation specialists. She brings a raft of skills and experience that will help new and existing clients to benefit from cost effective optimisations for their business”.

The Seventh Wonder

We recently had the good fortune to visit Panama. A visit would not be complete without a visit to the one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World - the Panama Canal!

France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal on August 15, 1914. The US continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties provided for handover to Panama. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, in 1999, the canal was taken over by the Panamanian government. It is now managed and operated by the government-owned Panama Canal Authority.

These are the locks at Miraflores on the Pacific Ocean entrance to the canal where, for a small fee, you can learn about the history and get a ring-side view the locks in action at the visitor centre... and they serve good coffee.

Keeps on going...

Equipment gets a tough time on Ports and Terminals. Here one of our D-MON Access Controllers has been installed for 8 years without a single issue - but does explain why its appearance is battered and dirty. Like the Straddle Carrier it is installed on, it is in use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

D-MON is an access and control system specifically designed to identify and authorise operators of port equipment. System features: monitor and authorise mobile equipment operators, restrict equipment access to qualified operators, full audit trail of who / when / what, flexible and expandable. Existing site access cards can be used to save time on tedious card management.

D-MON is suitable for any situation: Stand alone, network linked via existing Wi-Fi or crane network, linked to an existing operator's RDT, or an additional feature to our GPS Tracking or Fleet management systems.