ICTSI taps AI solution for yard management at Manila port


International Container Terminal Services Inc. teamed up with a New Jersey-based AI and digital transformation company for its yard management solution at the Manila International Container Terminal.

The solution, YardSight, is a part of a larger AI Solution Suite-AiCON, developed by Avlino, in partnership with IGO Solutions, a UK-based leading solutions provider for container terminals.

“The YardSight AI module, in its current form, provides logic for the most efficient stacking positions based on optimal work balancing of our rubber tired gantries. This results into increased productivity for internal and external trucks, reduced traffic clashes and minimized yard rehandles when stacking import containers. We are closely working together to expand the application into dynamic allocation of CHE ranges and focusing efficiencies for the export yard cycle for internal/external trucks in the coming months as well,” said MICT chief executive and executive director Anders Dommestrup.

“We are already seeing very encouraging signs that this new approach can deliver significant efficiencies to equipment utilization and truck turnaround time, which will be passed on to our customers to further support ICTSI’s conscious effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emission,” he said. 

Dommestrup said the AiCON Solution Suite ushered in a real paradigm shift on how the company could better manage end-to-end container terminal operations. 

“YardSight’s adaptability to changing operational metrics within its code has actually helped bridge the gap between operational business fundamentals and technology.  It has also enhanced our operation team’s interest in technology and the IT team’s interest in operational realities even further, the result of which benefits the entire business as we journey towards various degrees of automation,” he said. 

YardSight performs capacity optimization, throughput management and yard space maximization. Leveraging real-time and historical operational data from internal and external sources, the AI application adapts to the current state and responds back to users with intelligent work directives based on the transformative conditions. 

“The partnership with ICTSI has been instrumental in shaping YardSight,” said Ramana Jampala, founding chief executive of Avlino.

“Real-time planning that responds to external dynamic conditions is a real game-changer for terminal operators. Adopters of YardSight will find that they are equipped to tackle the challenges of constriction, congestion, and high re-handle counts,” he said.

Jampala said YardSight manages the entire yard operation by optimizing the TOS and enhancing resources through advanced ML/AI technologies delivered through smart solution engineering, developed in partnership with IGO’s automation expertise.  

“More importantly, the solution incorporates directly into ICTISI’s existing business process, where AI controls workflows to tighten operational expenses while increasing profit margins. It is truly a win-win scenario,” he said.

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