Valencia – 10.10.19. Last Tuesday took place in Marseille the meeting to formalize the creation of the association Terminal Industry Committtee 4.0 (TIC 4.) whose presidency is held by Terminal Link – CMA CGM and in which Fundación Valenciaport acts as general secretariat.
This association is an initiative of FEPORT and PEMA whose objective is to bring together terminal operators, port equipment manufacturers and software providers to define, develop and maintain standards aimed at harmonising container terminal operations. This objective responds to the need (recognised by the sector) for standards that allow both operators and manufacturers to advance in the digital transformation of their operations and adopt Industry 4.0 models by the port sector. The existence of these standards will allow a faster adoption of these models and at a lower cost, allowing operators and manufacturers to share the same understanding of the key aspects that affect the operations and logistics of port terminals.
Although the formalisation of the partnership took place this week, TIC 4.0 has actually been running for a year in the form of specific working groups focused on operational processes and sub-processes such as container yard management, quay-ship interface, receiving/delivery, etc.
TIC 4.0 involves numerous operators: APM Terminals, DP World, Eurogate, Terminal Link, PSA, Hutchison Ports, Yilport, Bolloré Ports and MMC Ports; as well as equipment manufacturers Kalmar, Konecranes, Hyster-Yale, Liebherr, Kuenz and ZMPC; and software/automation developers: TBA, RBS and TMEIC.