Operating a container port is multi-parameter optimization. Everything is dynamic and complex: ship traffic and activities on the quay, inland traffic through gates or rail, crane operations and container logistics – combined with constantly changing weather conditions.
A lot of optimization and planning is currently done manually with scheduling, loading planning, equipment dispatching and resource allocation although the data and devices needed for automation exist. Let’s raise the bar: is manual intervention really needed? The ultimate goal is full automation where the containers move from vessel to yard and from yard to truck via machine-to-machine communication.
Goal of the hack
How can digital information data flow in various systems with container logistics be used to enhance container handling operations on quay, yard and gate? How to enhance vessel service, yard planning, resource allocation, equipment utilization and automation with new technologies?
- Vessel unloading
For automation process, defining or identifying the precise position of a ship at the pier and matching the coordinates with the crane and the loading plan is essential. However, even when docked, ships constantly move in all directions due to sea movements and weather. Moreover, the captain makes the final decision where exactly the ship is parked. How to make the crane better understand the location of the ship (and its cargo)? How to automate the crane learning process?
- In-and-out land traffic
Trucks often come in and go out of the harbour not exactly in schedule, which affects the predictability of cargo operations, e.g. enabling last minute changes to loading plans, container location on the yard, container storing time (dwell time) on the yard and external truck turn-around time at yard. How to coordinate better the gate traffic?
- Yard storage
Containers are stored at the terminal yard when unloaded from a vessel, truck or train. Container can be grouped into four categories; import, export, transhipment and empties depending their destination. Additionally terminals may dedicate customer specific areas. While at the yard, these containers are re-organised to optimise the next loading / unloading operation. How to better plan, even before arrival, optimize and automate this “house-keeping” of the containers based on both gate (land) and vessel (sea) traffic?
- Data from Konecranes maintenance operations
- Remotely collected crane usage and safety data from assets in the field (TRUCONNECT data)
- Introduction to Port equipment and their operation during container handling processes
- Maritime transport infrastructure (waterways & nautical charts) and traffic data (Finnish Transport Agency)
- MarineTraffic Data Services (API) will provide a live AIS data feed to integrate with your applications
- Shipowner data (e.g. energy consumption, schedules, cargo information)
- Weather data (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
- Samsung smart phones, smart watches, tablets and VR headsets together with IBM Watson and Bluemix services
Industry experts from Konecranes and hackathon partner organizations will be coaching and supporting the teams and help in understanding the industry characteristics, business and challenges.
A more detailed list of available resources and descriptions of the interfaces, data content and other available systems will be provided before the event to the selected teams.
Who will own my idea?
IPR for any software codebase or documents produced during the hackathon will stay with the team, even though ideas themselves cannot be copied. The host reserves the right to use the presentation material generated by the teams in the event (documents, slides, videos etc. presenting and illustrating the idea) for external and internal communication of the hackathon results. The host has the first right of refusal for 30 days after the hackathon to negotiate further collaboration with the team to purchase or continue working on the project initiated.
Apply with a team of 2-3 people. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline and all applicants will be informed one week after the deadline. Maximum of 10 teams will be selected to join the Konecranes challenge at Maritime Hack.
- Hannu Oja, Director, Port Technology at Konecranes
- Juha Pankakoski, CDO at Konecranes
- Mauri Mölsä, Software and System Manager at Konecranes
- Ville Hoppu, Sales Manager at Konecranes
Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Regardless of your lifting needs, Konecranes is committed to providing you with lifting equipment and services that increase the value and effectiveness of your business. More information at konecranes.com
What happens after Maritime Hack?
Konecranes is looking forward to starting pilot projects with the most promising teams. Project proposals should be sent to Konecranes by December 8th.
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