Container Terminal Automation Trend and Bulk Market Prospects in 2014

By | 01/09/2014

A visit to TOC Europe 2014 (a report)

CyberLogitec participated in TOC Europe, which was held in London in June. TOC is the largest exhibition in terminal and port industry, and CyberLogitec hasn’t skipped a year in attending the exhibition to keep tabs on the trends in the industry and present potential customers our solutions such as OPUS Terminal and Eagle Eye. Especially at this year’s TOC Europe, we were able to exchange opinions on a variety of topics through meetings with a number of terminal operators and equipment manufacturers who were interested in container terminal automation.

 

Cyberlogitec Participated in TOC Europe 2014

Cyberlogitec Participated in TOC Europe 2014

A large crowd flocked to Tech TOC for the interest about terminal automation, and many people also  gave much attention to  Bulk TOC Session, presented for the first time this year.
 
Equipment suppliers and terminal operators presented actual applications of automation and employed methods in Tech TOC. Notably, there was a prevailing consensus that for an efficient terminal design, consideration should be given to optimization of the entire supply chain that gets beyond a specific terminal and focuses on the intermodal operation. And as for container terminal automation, various initiatives and R&D projects were under way in not only hardware that taps into cranes and sensors in a terminal but also software such as management system and operational process.
 

Tech TOC crowded with Those Interested in Terminal Automation

Tech TOC crowded with Those Interested in Terminal Automation

Bulk TOC treated a variety of wide-ranging topics in bulk such as construction of a bulk terminal, response to dust, bulk operation system, and simulation. According to bulk market prospects disclosed by Drewry, its demand will grow at an annual average of 4%, while its supply will grow at an average of 5% until 2018.

Compared to Tech TOC and Bulk TOC, the main CSC Conference, which focused on policy and terminal operation, failed to draw much attention from participants, with its plain theme and lacking eye-catching contents.
 
I think that one single company that cut a brilliant figure in TOC Europe was Gaussin in the largest booth and with the presence of its key executives, which presented an assortment of equipment and demonstrated its operation.
 
Gaussin, presented an assortment of equipment and demonstrated its operation in TOC Euopre 2014

Gaussin, presented an assortment of equipment and demonstrated its operation in TOC Euopre 2014

I see a growing role for TOC as a venue for sharing specialized skills and technology.

 
 
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