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More efficient port operations through modern IT systems

Blog post   •   Jun 03, 2016 13:33 CEST

The need for transport is experiencing a steady increase and the maritime industry is vital to both freight and passenger movement around the world. However, is it possible for ports to keep or even increase operational efficiency while goods volumes keep growing? At next week’s European ITS Congress in Glasgow, Kicki Bjurström, Managing Director of Hogia Terminal Systems AB, will talk about the significant benefits in deploying IT systems for port operations.

There are many players involved in and around a terminal area. Besides the owners of the goods, shipping companies, haulage firms and train operators are all part of the process to transport the goods to their final destination. One of the major challenges for a large port is managing the multiple flows of goods and information that travel in different directions.

One of our customers, the Port of Trelleborg, is Scandinavia’s largest RORO port, with an average of 30 arrivals and departures every day. Trelleborg aims to be the most climate-smart port in the Baltic and sought a way to rationalise its goods management. In cooperation with Hogia, Trelleborg has developed an IT system that serves as a hub for the multiple flows of information involved in port operations and enables the different stakeholders across the port, as well as the port’s customers, to operate in a highly integrated way. As a result, goods handling has been streamlined and the amount of driving needed within the port has been reduced.

The impact of the environmental work carried out by the Port of Trelleborg includes a reduction of around 30 percent in the diesel used by port vehicles since 2010, despite the fact that the volume of traffic and goods has increased during the same period. Analyses carried out at the port also show that the number of hours driven has fallen significantly since 2010.

The benefits of deploying IT systems in ports are not limited to significant reductions in environmental impact, they also include an increase in operational efficiency and business performance. The Vaggeryd Intermodal Terminal in Sweden invested in our terminal system as part of their expansion plans. Vaggeryd’s ambition is to be one of northern Europe's leading logistics centres and to grow at the speed they want. They therefore needed a new system that rationalises operations and frees resources that can be reallocated to increase the terminal's goods transport capacity.

In order to facilitate the deployment of IT systems in the transport industry, we offer standard software with open interfaces. Hogia Terminal Operating System, for example, is a standard product with open interface that enables standard integration with all external parties involved in the logistics chain. High development costs are avoided and it enables easy integration with other IT systems active in and outside of the port.

Transport is a major contributor to the economy and according to the European Commission, the sector sustains more than 11 million jobs in Europe. In order to stay competitive and develop in a secure and sustainable way, it is of utmost importance to deploy IT systems in the entire transport industry, irrespective of mode of transport. As an international IT company, we can contribute to that development.

Kicki Bjurström, Managing Director of Hogia Terminal Systems AB

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