CHALLENGES IN THE MARITIME SECTOR

05/15/2019 | By Cristina Rojas

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CHALLENGE 1 (SC challenge #1): MONITORING OF OCCUPATION IN REAL TIME

How can we improve the traffic management of trucks and the public space of the Port?

Context:

There are different areas within the Port that must be managed according to occupation volumes. One is the "Truck Center", where the waiting and traffic management of trucks that embark on the ferries is carried out. There is currently a guard who manages access manually and another guard that manages the order of the vehicles, but without interaction with the users / clients. It is intended to know the occupation of the 32 lanes of the waiting area in real time and that this information could be shared with the users / customers.

On the other hand, there are several spaces of public domain that are charged to companies according to degrees of use or occupation. Today, this calculation is done by making an estimate of the space used. We aim to obtain a benefit from the multiple cameras already installed in the port area and through image analysis to estimate the degrees of occupation, while storing the images (pdf and cad).

CHALLENGE 2 (SC challenge #3): USE AND APPLICATIONS OF THE 3D MAP OF THE PORT How do we take advantage of the 3D data that the Port of Barcelona has?

Context: The information available in 3D of the Port of Barcelona has been increased. We look for specific examples and applications to make it profitable, such as environmental modeling, dock movements and dykes, etc.

Until now, measurement and manual reporting systems were being used, and now it is intended to generate automatic data feed from 3D maps (updated annually). Once a year, and together with the capture of the aerial photo of the Port, a LIDAR image of the Port of about 100 million points is obtained, with a density of approximately 6 points per m2, and with precision of + -5 cms.

CHALLENGE 3 (SC challenge #5): AUTOMATIC MEASUREMENT OF WASTE

How do we industrialize the reading of volume and weight of the Port's waste?

Context: Solid waste delivered by ships to the Port of Barcelona is collected in containers that are managed by the suppliers of the port's waste collection service for ships. All solid ship waste's management is billed by volume and not by weight, as is the case with all waste transactions carried out in the field of land between producers, managers and management and treatment plants. This volume measurement introduces a lot of subjectivity in the determination of the actual amount of waste since the measurement is currently provided by the lender and only with the weighing value.

We intend to measure the volume of solid waste delivered by the vessels with an automated and reliable collection of  data and make the information available to the Port Information System.

CHALLENGE 4: ACCESS TO THE PORT'S PREMISES VIA A FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM

How can we easily register facial profiles to control the access to the Port and create a fast (<50seg) and reliable system (>80% for registered profiles)  for facial recognition?

Context: Today, the accreditation center is located inside the port premises, once access control has passed, which means that they access vehicles to the site without being credited.

Each vehicle wanting to access the port with a driver that is not accredited must pass beyond the control. The guard opens the barrier and indicates the driver that he must head to the center of Accreditations, approximately 1km away.

CHALLENGE 5: TRACKING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES MOVING WITHIN THE PORT'S PREMISES

How can we track the vehicles that access the Port in order to analyze the performed routes, detect innefficiencies and exploit data?

Context: The Port controls the vehicles through the barriers and checkpoints in the access to the premises (entries and exits), but some terminals are open and there are no current access controls that may provide information of the time taken to acess the terminal.  This information is essential to measure the Port's operations.

CHALLENGE 6: DETECTING IF A TRUCK IS EMPTY THROUGH VISUAL RECOGNITION WHEN LEAVING THE PORT'S PREMISES

How can we detect if a truck is empty without having to open the truck to perform an inspection?

Context: Today, when a truck is leaving the Port's premises and declares that there is no cargo inside, a guard physically inspects the truck to check if it's indeed empty, creating a bottleneck in the exit point. We're also looking for a way to avoid additional disruptions of traffic when finding a "mis-declared" truck (loaded with cargo when stating that is empty)

CHALLENGE 7: DYNAMIC LOGISTICS INSURANCE

How can we provide dynamic insurance policies according to cargoes and route's particularities?

Context: Today most (and I’d dare to say all) of the exporters and importers hold generic insurance policies, stating that you’ll pay a percentage of the value of cargo as insurance, no matter the commodity, packaging conditions and they tend to aggregate lots of countries in the same pricing group without distinguishing the country’s index risk. Nowadays you may compare between a hundred companies for your car or home insurance, or you get amazing discounts for being a good driver, but dynamic insurance pricing hasn’t yet reach the logistics industry!

CHALLENGE 8: DIGITIZE AND DISRUPT THE LETTER OF CREDIT BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS

How can we disrupt the way of handling the letter of credit between the parties involved?

Context: Step-by-step current process: Buyer and seller agree to conduct business. Buyer applies to his bank for a letter of credit in favor of the seller. Buyer's bank approves the credit risk of the buyer, issues and forwards the credit to its correspondent bank (advising or confirming).

The credit document reaches the seller in a poorly attractive format with difficult-to-understand conditions which must be perfectly matched in order to avoid penalties and delays in payment to the Seller. The Carrier also gets involved as the Bill of Lading must exactly state the words mentioned in the Letter of Credit. The Bill of Lading is issued by the carrier in draft, checked by the Seller, passed down to the Bank, approved or requested to amend and then back again to the Seller who communicates the approval or requested amendments to the Carrier. Then Seller needs to make sure to provide all the documents in a "defined by the letter of credit" amount of copies, in original, to the Bank.

CHALLENGE 9: DIGITISE THE SPOT REQUEST FOR QUOTATION PROCESS

How can we disrupt the spot quotation procedures?

Context: There's always a time when something needs to be shipped ASAP but in a cost reliable way. In those moments, importers and exporters request for quotations to different suppliers via email and compare the proposals in price, mode of transport and transit time to make the smartest choice. This is currently done by comparing manually or in excel. We're looking to disrupt the way of logistics procurement.

 


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