Solvo.TOS Goes Live in the Port of Antwerp
Solvo.TOS version 6.x went live at the Antwerp Euroterminal (AET), one of the largest multi-purpose and RoRo terminals in the world, part of the Grimaldi Group Naples.
Prior to the launch, SOLVO’s team completed customization and configuration of the TOS and performed on-sight training.
AET is specialized in handling different types of cargo, as container, Ro-Ro, general cargo: the terminal is located in the western part of the Port of Antwerp with an area of 1.5 million square meters. The length of the berths comprises 2.1 kilometers; rail tracks comprise 5 kilometers.
On annual basis the terminal processes 540 ocean vessels and over 1000 inland barges.
Terminal equipment consists of 2 portal STS cranes, 2 mobile cranes, reach stackers, empty handlers, forklifts (up to 42 Tons), terminal tractors, and semi-trailers.
Solvo.TOS version 6.x has been installed on the Customer’s servers and radio data terminals (vehicle mounted and hand-held terminals), all users have received proper training on-sight and in March the system has been launched in commercial operation enabling AET to streamline container handling operations.
Customization of Solvo.TOS 6.x included integration with other terminal systems using an enterprise service bus for transferring data via the JMS protocol.
Additionally, a new universal module for cargo planning was developed, which supports vessels of any type. It makes it possible to automatically or semi-automatically plan loading/unloading operations for not only containers but also general cargo and Ro-Ro, for vessels with a flexible deck structure including container slots for long ships or athwart-ships stowage.
The cargo planning module supports several visualization options from various angles in 2D and 3D layouts.
Another important development of Solvo.TOS was an upgrade to the functional block for transshipments. For AET, this is a very critical requirement since the terminal is the North-European hub for the Grimaldi Group.
The new Solvo.TOS features made it possible to automate main operations related to formalizing cargo received from vessels in transshipment mode and correctly placing them into stacks along with export cargo for their subsequent loading onto other vessels.
New implementions applied also in the automatic receiving of the container mass, as it is grabbed by the spreader of a reach stacker equipped with weighing devices. To support this feature, Solvo.TOS was integrated with an automated weighing system placed on the spreader allowing it to receive and process data in real-time.
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