Jade Logistics booth at TOC Europe

TOC Europe 2018: Recap and highlights

Jade Logistics recently attended TOC Europe 2018 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where we showcased our terminal operating system, Master Terminal.

TOC Europe is the biggest event of the year for us and was especially exciting this year as we proudly displayed our rebranded visual identity on our booth. It was a busy three days and we enjoyed meeting so many of you there. Here is a short recap of our booth for those who want to know more:

New look Jade Logistics

This year we made a bold (40sqm!) statement with our presence, which allowed us to highlight the various aspects of Master Terminal – the leading terminal operating system (TOS) for mixed cargo ports.

Tony Davis, Director of Marketing, reported there was a high level of interest in Master Terminal, particularly in the mixed cargo space which is seeing continued growth, with a record number of demonstrations given by the team.

Jade Logistics Booth at TOC Europe 2018

Operating smarter: case study with Australian Amalgamated Terminals

Speaking at one of the TOC Europe Sessions was Vincent Macheda, General Manager – Systems & Strategy, Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT). Vincent spoke about how the use of innovative, agile and integrated technology, such as Master Terminal, has helped them increase efficiency and streamline processes at their mixed cargo terminal. This presentation was well received by attendees.

Port of Jade Logistics: Master Terminal is the dedicated TOS for mixed cargo terminals

A recurring topic of conversation at TOC Europe was the importance of a dedicated TOS for the mixed cargo market, given the challenges that mixed cargo presents to port operators.

Many visitors to our booth were drawn in by our Port of Jade Logistics illustration which allowed our team to show how Master Terminal works across a port’s entire operations. Designed for mixed cargo, Master Terminal provides a single integrated, real-time view of all operations and data, resulting in improved productivity and operational efficiency.

Live demos on the booth further proved this critical functionality.
The Port of Jade Logistics - map showing how Master Terminal TOS works across port operations.

Thank you – and see you next year!

Finally, thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hello during TOC Europe! If you missed us here, you can see us at Breakbulk Americas in Houston, 2-4 October, 2018.

Thanks for visiting the Master Terminal team!

Jade Logistics makes the case for mobile apps in ports

World Cargo News recently talked to us about the launch of our suite of new mobile apps. The article is reproduced below.

Jade Logistics has launched a suite of 30 new web-based hand-held mobile apps for its Master Terminal TOS. The apps deploy mobile functionality and data capture ability to any internet-connected mobile device running the Microsoft, Android or Apple operating systems.

With the new apps, Jade is ready to support ports’ deployment of TOS functionality at different levels to different roles on the terminal, without requiring proprietary ruggedised devices that it views as expensive and lacking flexibility.

The apps include a vehicle app for mobile equipment operators. Depending on the task, and the driver’s preference, various views are available including a graphical view and a list view. Among other features, users can toggle night mode, select twinmode and customise the app to display the most important information in the most prominent areas on screen.

Like all the Jade apps, the Vehicle app is updated at the server level, so there are no software updates needed at the device level to maintain the app.

Delphine Ducaruge, product manager, said the need for 30 different apps reflects the diversity of specific roles at marine terminals, and each app is for a specific purpose, such as truck checking at a gate, or reefer container monitoring. There is, she added, no risk that the number of apps could become a source of frustration to people on the ground using the Jade Master Terminal TOS. An administrator decides who has access to what apps, and most users will typically have access to only “a couple”, and will stay in a single app for several hours while they work.

Grupo CICE in Veracruz was part of the beta programme to test the new Master Terminal web-based mobile apps. “The suite of 30 web apps spans CICE’s entire port operation, from splitting and merging cargo, through to loading or unloading a truck, and replaces their long-serving Windows applications,” stated Jade. “CICE, who are forwardthinking technology enthusiasts, rigorously tested the new apps over a two-month period, working closely with Jade Logistics to ensure the functionality developed would deliver real benefits to their port.”

Genaro Mendez, director of information technology at CICE commented that the new web-based apps were a welcome addition to the company. “Today’s terminals must be more responsive,” he said. “They must adapt to new technology quickly to remain competitive. We recognised the benefits the web apps would deliver, and made the decision to upgrade as soon as they were released.”

The ability to use commodity hardware also resonated with CICE. “We no longer need to invest in expensive ruggedised equipment. Today’s readily available and inexpensive tablets and smartphones, with a supported web browser, are all that is required to use the apps,” said Mendez.

Using smartphones, tablets or laptops instead of so-called ruggedised devices challenges the conventional wisdom about the working environment in ports. As WorldCargo News has discussed previously, ports often purchase expensive ruggedised devices with high IP and Mil-Spec ratings that have proved to be more durable in industrial applications.

However, the gap between ruggedised and commodity devices has closed significantly in recent years (the iPhone 8 is rated to IP67, for example), and cases/covers can be used for extra protection.

Jade believes its apps can replace mobile computers connected to a TOS, across virtually the whole terminal. The STS cranes are the exception, and Ducaruge noted that, for safety reasons, “ports don’t want to add extra technology to the STS cranes”…

Published World Cargo News: November 2017.

Mobile Apps in action at CICE in Mexico

Jade Logistics recently released a suite of web-based mobile apps. The apps were put through rigorous testing by our customers, including CICE, a mixed cargo port in Mexico who have now implemented them across their operation.

We recently caught up with CICE to see how the apps are performing on their terminals.

Master Terminal at Breakbulk Americas

Our Jade Logistics, Master Terminal team will be exhibiting at Breakbulk Americas in Houston Texas from 17-19 October at booth 1305. 

This year we are also major sponsors of the TECHZONE where we will be showcasing our new suite of mobile apps. These new apps are designed to run on any modern tablet or smartphone with a supported web browser, without downloads or updates, making them very cost effective.

The apps feature a modern and intuitive user interface, from splitting and merging cargo right through to interterminal transfers, ensuring fast learning times. Data is recorded in real time so you can make smarter decisions faster.

Come along and see how our new apps can give you access to the information you need when you need it, saving time and helping you deliver excellent service to your customers.

Ready to learn more?  Visit us at Booth 1305 or get in touch with us at info@jadelogistics.com

Jade Logistics launches suite of mobile apps

Published on Breakbulk.com  June 18, 2017

Jade has announced the release of 30 new handheld apps to put more power in the hands of its users.

Running on any modern tablet or smartphone with a supported web browser, the handheld apps will give users on the terminal greater flexibility. Events are recorded in real time, allowing a terminal to make informed business decisions, provide accurate reporting and ultimately offer better customer service. For more information, view our handheld apps fact sheet.

Read the full article on the Breakbulk.com website.


Jade plays host

Published on WorldCargo News, November 2016

Jade Logistics has implemented the first SaaS application of its Master Terminal terminal operating system (TOS) running on the cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS). The system is operating at the Port of Everett in Washington State, a longstanding customer of Jade.

Speaking with WorldCargo News, Kaustubh Dalvi, Jade Logistics’ president of global sales, said he believes the time is right for terminals, particularly smaller facilities, to embrace SaaS for TOS delivery. “There can be a 40% reduction in cost – there is no two ways about it,” he said in an interview. Most of this is generated from savings in purchasing and supporting hardware.

A hosted TOS is certainly not a new concept, but WorldCargo News has noted several times that terminals have been reluctant to embrace the concept. Dalvi said one of the reasons it made sense for Everett was that Jade was already managing the TOS for the port onsite, including performing upgrades.“They have been comfortable with us for many years,” said Dalvi. While AWS will host the software on its servers, Jade will still manage the TOS fully for Everett.

Jade is now putting forward the SaaS option for customers to consider, but Dalvi stressed that they have to be comfortable with the concept, and some facilities want to see it proven elsewhere first.TOS applications, he added, are actually quite demanding in terms of their transactional load.

Another big concern is that putting software on the cloud leaves the terminal vulnerable to an interruption in internet service. Dalvi said this is a very real concern, with ports often at the edge of infrastructure networks, in areas where there is regular construction and redevelopment. The contractor that makes a mistake with a backhoe and cuts service, he added, is not just a hypothetical situation – real terminals have actually encountered this problem.

Redundancy is important, and how this is managed depends on the particular terminal, and its ability to access redundant connections. Dalvi noted that backup options can include cellular networks to send data, something Jade has experience with, as some of its customers use cellular services, rather than WiFi, to send information to the TOS at the terminal.

Depending on the size of the terminal, one option might be a hybrid system, where some aspects of the TOS are hosted locally to allow it to keep running in the event of a disruption.

Read the full article from WorldCargo News: Jade plays host.

Increase port yard safety with Master Terminal

How can you avoid employee injuries and fines at your port? 

Consequences of poor port safety: A poor safety record and ill-conceived processes are not only detrimental to personnel, but can result in negative publicity, legal cases, and fines for safety breaches which can severely affect your bottom line.

When an Ellesmere Port man’s hand was crushed at Cammell Laird shipyard, Cammell Laird was fined £400,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. Although they had a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) in place, it wasn’t implemented effectively across the organization.

This is a tragic and timely reminder that only having basic technology in place isn’t enough to create a safe and compliant port. Jade recommends using a three-pronged approach involving technology, people, and communication between the two.

Here are three ways to ensure Health and Safety compliance.

  1. Choose a terminal operating system (TOS) that includes a health and safety component.
  2. Ensure that technology-backed processes to minimize hazards are put in place and followed by a safety-conscious workforce.
  3. Separate machinery and labor in the yard. Port staff who operate heavy machinery need to receive notifications warning them of the areas where they can’t operate.

Regarding the Ellesmere Port incident, the Health and Safety Executive inspector said “If the HSMS had been followed this accident may not have occurred.”

Through working with local ports, Jade recognized the difficulty to action safety procedures. This knowledge led to the development of Master Terminal’s Labor On Block functionality. The guiding principal is that when ‘Labor is On the Block’, machinery is not allowed to enter an area.

Learn about how Labor On Block improves the safety of port yard workers and visitors and ensures procedures are being followed in our Yard Safety fact sheet.


Multi time zone feature added to Master Terminal

Time is money. For ports and terminals, efficiency is essential and thus the time taken to perform terminal operations needs to be recorded accurately. Master Terminal by Jade Logistics, is a Terminal Operating System (TOS) designed to provide a real-time view of all operations and data in one integrated system. From harbor management to yard operations, warehousing to the gate, Master Terminal tracks all activity across your enterprise ensuring you can capture revenue from your operations.

As port businesses expand, via mergers or organic growth, they acquire or introduce new terminals to open up new business opportunities. In order to realize cost benefits, it is important that processes are standardized across these terminals, and duplication of administration is minimized.

With Master Terminal you can manage multiple terminals from one central location. Whatever your setup, whether your terminals are side by side on a port, inland hubs supporting a quayside terminal, or at different geographical locations, Master Terminal can handle it all in one system.

Master Terminal’s multiple time zone capability enables a port to host multiple terminals located in different geographic locations that have different time zones.

View our Master Terminal multiple time zone fact sheet to learn more.



Mexican port CICE strengthen their niche​ ​position​ ​in Gulf of Mexico

In a container-centric region, Mexican logistics firm CICE have managed to find an attractive niche. As the only company in Veracruz port that can handle mixed cargo, including bulk, break bulk, vehicles, machinery, project cargo, as well as containers, CICE have found a defendable position in the market.

With a selection of underperforming legacy systems that lacked integration, CICE required a software upgrade and was in search of a terminal operating system (TOS) that could manage a diverse range of cargo types.

After surveying the available options, CICE ultimately opted for Master Terminal. Genaro Mendez, Director of Information Technology at CICE stating “Master Terminal offered us one system for all our requirements and has a very large list of useful features.”

By providing a clear and simple implementation methodology, Jade were able to work with CICE to get Master Terminal up and running quickly, to allow the port to start realizing the software’s benefits.

Read the full CICE case study, to find out how the port’s innovative approach has helped it to survive in a demanding global economy.

How safe is your port?

Ports are under constant pressure to compete, they need to work faster, turn ships around quicker, load and unload trucks faster, and generally do everything at speed. However while they need to work faster, they also need to work safely. Hazards are everywhere on a port, and accidents can happen at any time. Operators must take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of people on their port, both staff and visitors.

There are many ways a port can ensure the safety of its staff and contractors, such as having sound practices and policies in place, educating staff, and using protective equipment, another is by keeping people and machinery separated as much as possible through the use of technology.

When implementing such a health and safety solution a port should consider its technology, people, and processes and ensure they are aligned and that any technology-backed processes put in place are followed by a safety conscious workforce.

Read about Master Terminal’s yard safety features in the following Yard Safety Fact Sheet.