SAAM Terminals and NextPort team up to boost digital solutions in ports

SAAM Terminals has concluded a collaboration agreement with NextPort, the technology subsidiary of Moffatt & Nichol, to implement the latter’s new platform that combines DigitalTwin and Artificial Intelligence technologies.

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The solution provides a digital replica of the port’s physical assets, processes and systems that is created from real-time data collected from sensors and other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and used to analyze, predict and optimize the port’s performance.

It will be implemented in two pilots, and according to SAAM, it will enhance operational excellence and optimize the Terminal Operating System (TOS), which manages and automates operations platform across terminals.

“By integrating a sophisticated data platform, NextPort AI will connect THE TOS and other critical systems, adhering to industry standards such as DCSA and TIC4.0, to support decision making and exception handling in the terminals control rooms. The goal of this integration is to maximize asset performance and streamline centralized planning,” SAAM said.

Mauricio Carrasco, CEO of SAAM Terminals, noted: “Real-time data capture and the utilization of artificial intelligence will provide us with invaluable insights into our ports, enabling us to make better-informed decisions regarding operations, maintenance and customer service processes.”

Christian Blauert, Global Director of Port and Terminal Development at Moffatt & Nichol, stated: “SAAM Terminals’ commitment to operational excellence and technological advancement aligns perfectly with our vision for DigitalTwin and AI innovation. We are proud to collaborate closely to transform our cutting-edge developments into practical customer value and ultimately drive industry transformation.”

To remind, in 2023, German shipping major Hapag Lloyd completed the acquisition of SM SAAM’s terminal business and related logistics services.

The transaction includes interests in terminals in Iquique, Antofagasta, San Antonio, San Vicente and Corral (Chile), Port Everglades (United States / Florida), Mazatlán (Mexico), Buenavista (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Caldera (Costa Rica), as well as related logistics services.

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