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automation, increased focus on towards a cleaner, safer, more on TOS-Equipment Control
the overall cost of equipment efficient industry,” explains Interfaces. This benchmark
ownership and less on purely Popesco. is the result of two years of
headline prices, improved development work and proposes
energy efficiency and improved PEMA publications: valuable an open, standardised interface
environmental protection. information for improved decision between terminal operating
making systems (TOS) and equipment
Three focus areas: safety, control systems (ECS) for
technology and the environment The Association also regularly container handling equipment
publishes surveys, reports and (CHE).
PEMA conducts much of its work recommendations on port and
in three committees – Safety, terminal equipment use and PEMA also hosted the final
Technology and Environment. purchasing. of its 2nd Student Challenge,
The committees are made up of an initiative to foster strong
industry figures drawn from PEMA “Our market surveys provide relationships between the
member companies. unique insights of port equipment academic and business worlds,
trends and deliveries. They are and give top students an
Safety remains an important designed to inform decision opportunity to meet industry
issue in the ports and terminals making to make equipment experts.
sector, and PEMA has been active acquisition more efficient and
in this area for several years, more effective,” says Popesco. This year, the two finalists were
providing information papers Blekinge Institute of Technology
and recommendations for ports PEMA surveys are conducted (from Sweden), and the University
and terminal operators. The by independent experts and of Hamburg, with the latter taking
Association has also co-operated incorporate information from a the top prize of €1,000 for their
with other bodies such as the TT large number of ports all over solution to this year’s theme:
Club and ICHCA International, the world. Recent surveys include “Optimising Landslide Container
to publish recommendations on purchasing data on ship-to-shore Traffic Flow and the Terminal
safety standards. container cranes, yard cranes, Interchange”.
shipping container weighing and
PEMA also plays a role in mobile port handling equipment The judging panel was
supporting the ports and deliveries. comprised of three leading
terminals sector in discussing and experts in the ports equipment
meeting legislative requirements PEMA EVENTS: FORUMS FOR industry: David Huck, Port
related to environmental issues. INFORMED DEBATE Director at Peel Ports Group;
And it enables informed debate PEMA also regularly holds Gavin van Marle, Editor of The
on technological developments, industry events and forums. In Loadstar and a consultant on the
such as the growing application June this year, PEMA hosted a sea freight industry; and Tom
of automated systems. series of ‘State of the Industry Ward, a Senior Maritime Planner
Forums’ on developments in at Parsons Brinkerhoff and expert
“We seek to support members port equipment and technology in the planning, analysis and
and non-members alike. To really at TOC Europe in London. Key design of seaport cargo facilities.
effect genuine change in such a figures from the port equipment
globalised sector as ports and and technology sectors attended “Growing interest in our events
terminals, stakeholders need a to debate a variety of issues and publications suggests that
forum where they can meet each including automation and PEMA is playing an important role
other, discuss their needs and standard harmonisation. in developing best practice in
concerns and help formulate our sectors – something we hope
best practice guidelines or During these sessions, PEMA will continue in the years ahead,”
recommendations that move us announced its new Standard concludes Popesco. l
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