GullsEye Logistics Technologies has announced the implementation of the first pier and crane optimisation technologies in the market for terminal operating systems (TOS) providers, hoping to meet the “need for speed” at ports.
The latest additions complement its simulation solutions which allow instantaneous decisions by port operators with visibility to potential outcomes.
As an emerging TOS provider, the company’s developers have worked with various technical university professors on an academic study around optimisation algorithms, aiming to find better automation methods to reduce the need for manual work and increase efficiency.
Mehmet Kayaoglu, CEO of GullsEye Logistics Technologies, said: “Considering all the challenges every terminal eventually faces, operating expenses and need for speed are clearly the most daunting ones. The results are striking enough to realise the magnitude of the impact from the smallest ports to the largest.”
Planning requirements at the dock in container terminals broadly come under three headings, which comprise of dock assignment problems, crane assignment problems and crane scheduling problems, noted the software developer.
The decisions made in solving these problems affect each other and are an important factor in the duration of each ship’s stay in port, it added.
Although the frequency of berthing of ships at ports depends on port dock traffic, there was no international application to determine which ship will work most efficiently at which berth until now, according to GullsEye.
With this project, berth information berthing direction and distance to the berth are all determined by optimisation in line with previous berthing demands, dock and ship characteristics.
Basak Ulcay, business development manager at GullsEye, said: “Optimisation algorithms are crucial to the success of any terminal and therefore for any of the TOS providers. GullsEye positions itself in the international market with its competitive advantage that this new technology created as a product differentiation.”
For large ships with frequent container movements, ports must carry out operations quickly in order to fulfil performance protocols in their contracts with agencies and to gain a competitive advantage in the sector.
This means dock crane planning is of great important to ports, added the company. While quay crane planning is done manually in current applications, this project allows quay crane planning to be done with optimisation in coordination with ship and equipment specifications.
Therefore, ship operation and speeds will be increased by providing the maximum benefit in equipment efficiency and preventing overlapping crane plans.