Monthly Archives: January 2015

How to plan a semi-automated container terminal with vertical yard layout: TTI Algeciras terminal case


Total Terminal International Algeciras (TTI Algeciras) is the second largest container terminal of the Port of Algeciras Bay, which is located on the Phase A plot of the Isla Verde Exterior expansion area. 650-meter-long berths can accommodate up to 14,000 TEU class vessels, and 16 blocks run perpendicular to the quay. It is equipped with 8 quay cranes, 32 automated stacking cranes and 22 shuttle carriers.


Port of Algeciras received attention due to its geo-political advantages in Asia/Northern Europe trade and North America/Mediterranean trade. As vessels can call without deviation to transport T/S cargoes, this port could become T/S hub of West Africa and Mediterranean. However, it had a huge burden to provide high productivity and competitive stevedoring charges to attract the liners.
Given the situation, the container handling equipment selected are:
– Quay crane: single trolley with twin spreader / OCR supported to remove tally operation
– Stacking crane: Automated Stacking crane
– Horizontal transport: shuttle carrier
One of the most difficult decisions was to introduce shuttle carrier. It has to work smartly with other equipment such as ASC, YT and TOS.

Solution: Semi-automated shuttle carrier

TLC (Terminal Logistics Controller) is the core module of OPUS Terminal. TLC creates job orders and sends them to cranes, ASC and shuttle carriers. This smart module gathers data from all terminal subsystems including workload of them and the signals such as sensors, RTLS/RFID, PDS (Position Determination System) and DGPS.

tti algeciras TOS architecture

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All the job orders are created, monitored, and efficiently controlled by OPUS Terminal. Regardless of automatic or manual processing, TLC controls jobs on the subsystems to secure the optimal performance, allowing the successful completion of jobs with the least possible number of movement.

If you would like to know more about this Terminal Operating System, please leave a comment below or visit OPUS Terminal page.

CEO’s interview with INTTRA, CyberLogitec’s strategic partner in Automated Customs Filing Services

INTTRA meets Jang-Rim Choi, CEO of CyberLogitec, to discuss how electronic shipping has benefited their customers.


What is CyberLogitec?

CyberLogitec is an IT company specializing in maritime logistics. Since 2000, CyberLogitec has offered cutting edge solutions and state-of-the-art IT services to ocean carriers and freight forwarders around the world.


What business challenge does CyberLogitec currently solve?

OPUS SmartLink – one of our products – is a logistics visibility solution that provides customs filing automation, monitoring, and error detection functions.

The customs filing services provided by OPUS SmartLink include U.S. AMS (Advance Manifest System), ISF (Import Security Filing), Europe ICS (Import Control System), Korea AMS (Advance Manifest System), China CCAM (China Customs Advance Manifest) and Japan AFR (Advance Filing Rules).

By responding to customers’ requirements in advance, OPUS SmartLink provides values for customer’s risk resolution, productivity improvement and compliance with regulations.


When and how did you hear about INTTRA?

We started working with INTTRA in 2003 when we were developing EDI links between them and our clients. We reached out to INTTRA on behalf of our clients who wanted to develop EDI with INTTRA. This was necessary in reducing the operational burden that many were experiencing in ocean exports. We started sending shipping instruction (304) messages for our clients through INTTRA shortly after.


When did your company decide to partner with INTTRA and why?

CyberLogitec started developing a strategic partnership with INTTRA in 2012 due to the growing demand of combined EDI services in shipping documents and customs filing.

INTTRA and CyberLogitec Form Strategic Alliance to Meet Growing Demand in Automated Customs Filing Services.

What direct benefits have you seen partnering with INTTRA? Can you share a success story with us?

OPUS SmartLink provides a one-stop service for global customs filing to solve problems such as obtaining customs certifications in each country or integrating electronic documents. We at CyberLogitec wants to expand our one-stop customs filing service with shipping documents such as shipping instructions and carriers’ visibility. Through our service with INTTRA, we believe we can enhance our customers’ satisfaction levels.

Can you share an end customer success story with us, where one of your customers benefited from this partnership and how?

Many NVOCCs and container shipping lines which cover the Far East and the South East Asia, decided to adopt the OPUS SmartLink of CyberLogitec in order to prepare for the Japan AFR (Advanced Filing Rules), which will be enforced beginning March 2014.

OPUS SmartLink provides the visibility of the cargo status as well as the automated manifest declaration and monitoring focused on the actual manifest declaration process.

Customers can get benefits of the risk reduction, the improvement of productivity, and compliance with customs regulation.

As we are able to provide the combined service between OPUS SmartLink, the global customs service and INTTRA’s i-Link, the customer benefits from end-to-end processing of shipments, global visibility, and common documents and user interfaces.


Please share with us what you envision to be the “future of the ocean shipping logistics.”

We believe implementing EDI in communication with all trading parties will be increasingly more important. It will become necessary for NVOCCs to exchange their documents electronically not just with carriers, but with all of their trading partners, including global customs.

More will be implementing “Advanced Filing Rules”, especially in Asia. The Japanese government has recently passed new laws governing the demand for advanced filing of detailed cargo information prior to the loading of the vessels at origin. The law requires ocean carriers and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to electronically submit detailed information regarding ocean imports into Japan. This law will go into effect on March 2014.


For more information on SmartLink, visit here.

<source: INTTRA, “Q&A with CyberLogitec” (>