These solutions provide considerable data and we established that a lot of time was spent by operational teams in reviewing and manipulating the information and trying to produce meaningful reports. Lots of consolidation in terms of analyzing the data and in many cases, much of it became obsolete before being used in an actual operational mode. Of course, this data would allow management to review and compare in terms of a historical format, but the goal is to become more proactive and be able to react on essential data in a timely manner.
So why do we need Connected Port approach?
We have found that the sheer lack of IT integration is common across the market. The inability to link key solutions and obtain key operational data isn’t being accomplished–yes, data is available from all these various sources but the lack of total integration has created blockages in the overall view of the operations.
Wipro is an expert in the field of solution integration. We believe the first phase in driving greater efficiencies across Terminal groups will be the integration and digitalization of these key solutions. Obtaining collaborative “Big Data” will be the first step towards the future.
Utilizing Wipro’s unique design-led approach, we can interface the key operational solutions, allowing for essential data to be extracted which can then reside within our robust platform. Once the data is collected, the ability of Wipro’s advanced analytical engine like the Data
Discovery Platform (DDP) can be utilized. Wipro can help large Terminal organizations save costs through our cloud-hosting offering which could significantly help reduce local and regional IT infrastructure costs.
So, the question is which areas can be digitalized and the role of big data in achieving the type of improved savings that will entice carriers to maintain their calls at facilities while looking at reducing the Terminals’ overall operational costs.
The emphasis will be to address and manage the processes that will allow for the smooth handling and transition of the vessels and cargo entering these facilities. So, we must look at the following areas:
As mentioned above, the carriers can be quite fickle when planning their revised Terminal calls–and we have already touched on the fact that Terminal operators face major capital investments into infrastructure, asset, and technology. So, the answer will be to build a more cohesive “Mouse Trap” for these carriers. Terminals will need to develop even smarter and more streamlined operations that will induce the carriers to maintain their calls or switch to their facilities with the goal of achieving faster vessel turn times, improved service and looking at reducing their overall costs so that maximum yields can be achieved on every TEU handled. A major factor for Terminals to strive for these goals will be in system integration and the ability to become more proactive in dealing with issues before they occur.
The ability to provide seamless integration across all operational solutions–from having the data available within the solutions to be able to deliver:
- The ability to capture and process incoming cargo data more efficiently and to ensure that the yard and cargo areas are all prepared and ready for the vessel’s arrival so that minimal time is taken when processing the massive work orders that will ensure speedier handling.
- Effectively plan vessel ETA and ETD’s, to ensure that maximum berth utilization is achieved.
- The ability to process and handle actual work orders and maintain effective processing and also share essential data with the key management that will allow for management to become proactive and make decisions on the fly, thereby becoming more flexible and responsive.
Equipment asset management
- Managing and maintaining the Terminals handling equipment assets in a more effective manner (Essential for the success of any Terminal is the ability to maintain a highly efficient equipment suite, especially when an average sized Terminal might spend between 70 to 100 million dollars on their equipment (RTG’s, quay cranes, yard hustlers, top lifts, straddle carriers, forklift trucks etc.)
- Ensuring sufficient assets are always available to suffice their continuous work orders.
- Helping to streamline their maintenance and repair programs.
- Ensure maximum financial returns on these assets and track their efficiencies against their daily running costs