Selected Success Stories

Our ultimate Goal is achieving the Benefits and gains your terminal was aiming for Looking to automate and optimise all terminal related operations:

Klaipedos Smelte – Taking the next step

Klaipedos Smelte  – Taking the next step The container terminal Klaipedos Smelte (Lithuania) – part of the TIL group – is executing their growth strategy to become a major transshipment hub in the Baltic region handling almost 165.000 TEU per annum by 2015. After preparing over the last year for the further expansion and implementing the RBS TOPS system end 2010, the SMELTE container terminal is taking the next step. Begin of 2013 the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB have agreed on funding the terminal Expansion. 

The investment of EURO 65 million is used to fund terminal handling equipment and the further expansion of the terminal. Klaipedos Smelte, being a part of the TIL group and thereby a part of the MSC network, will become the MSC transshipment hub in the Baltic Sea. Already now SMELTE is a vital part of the feeder network connected with the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Hamburg, and handling vessels with a capacity over 5.500 TEU.

In the future SMELTE will receive vessels with a capacity of 7.000 TEU and more

New equipment to be commissioned this year will ensure the service quality for the customers and enable SMELTE to meet customers requirements on all levels. SMELTE will receive new RTGs and STS cranes during 2013 and the fleet of trucks will be extended. Together with TIL the SMELTE terminal is implementing their longsighted growth strategy.

RBS TOPS implemented in 2011, enables SMELTE to manage and control terminal operations in every aspect and make efficient use of all terminal resources, every day of the year. A team of skilled and motivated staff controls and manages the terminal using the advanced RBS TOPS Terminal Operating System. Together with the RBS EMEA implementation team the operational package TOPX and the foundation system TOPO with EDI and reporting modules was implemented in 2010. The stable and highly available TOPS System, running since more than 15 month, gives the terminal management, the plannners and dispatchers and above all the customers the comfort to be able to run the terminal in the most efficient way. Smelte and RBS EMEA are ready for the future and the implementation of the growth strategy to become the transshipment hub in the Baltic Sea.

About Smelte

The Smelte container terminal opened for business in 2006. As a member of the TIL group, Smelte is growing to become a major transshipment hub in the Baltic area.

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), Port of Santos, Brasil

BTP, one of Brazil’s highest profile and most important port projects, mainly serves the Sao Paulo region, Brazil’s most populated city and the 7th largest city in the world. BTP is a fifty-fifty joint venture of Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and APM Terminals. The BTP container terminal provides additional terminal capacity to the port of Santos, coping with recent bottle necks and shortages within the Santos terminal facilities. The first operation started in August 2013 with the official opening ceremony in November 2013.

The Santos BTP terminal boasts a 490 thousand m² area, a quay length of 1108 meters, 8 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, 26 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs), 40 terminal trucks, and an automated 18 lane gate, handling and managing trucks entering and exiting the terminal facility. The terminal is capable of handling 2.5 million TEUs per year and the estimated annual liquid bulk handling capacity is 2.0 million tons.

Right from the beginning of the project Real-time Business Solutions (RBS) set up a close and very successful partnership with BTP. RBS EMEA did not only implement the TOS, together with colleagues from the RBS head office and of course in close cooperation with the BTP project team, RBS EMEA also provided project services (Project Management, Testing and QA, Training, Support, etc.). Also the integration with the local custom HOST solution to integrate all the official layer in the port of Santos played a big role in the project.

The complete TOPS suite with the foundation (TOPO) and the operations (TOPX) system modules was implemented at the terminal facility in 2013. The BTP installation is the first RBS implementation on the South American continent (apart from an installation running in Panama).

BTP is setting new benchmarks in the area of terminal productivity and services. Only two months after the inauguration of the BTP terminal it became and still is the second best performing terminal in Brazil with regard to terminal productivity. In addition to BTP’s increasing productivity rate, the terminal also succeeded in reducing the number of truck cycles considerably – a critical measurement of performance at a container facility. It is one of the biggest facilities in that part of the world.

About BTP

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) is a joint-venture between the two international enterprises Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and APM Terminals. Both have vast experience in port construction, management and operations in dozens of countries and cultures around the world. The Company’s multi-purpose terminal for container and liquid bulk handling is strategically located at the upper right bank of the Port of Santos.

Seayard Terminal – FOS2XL – Port of Marseille

Ideally located on the shores of the Northern Mediterranean Sea, with a natural deep draft access and multimodal connection links, France’s leading port, the Port of Marseille-Fos, is a natural gateway to the South and the center of Europe.

The Port of Marseilles-Fos handles bulk as well as containerized cargo, with the container operations centered at Fos-sur-Mer, 50 km (30 miles) North-West of Marseilles. While Marseille has been an important French port on the Mediterranean coast already since the 15th Century, Fos-Sur-Mer was established only in 1968.

Currently, Marseille-Fos ranks 5th in Europe in terms of overall cargo tonnage. The Seayard container terminal – opened in April 2012 – is a joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), APM Terminals and COSCO. It has direct connections and access to the French and the European rail, road and barge networks.On the new terminal, Seayard runs a very efficient straddle carrier operation. The terminal serves large container vessels and smaller feeder vessels, as well as barges, trucks and trains.

The Seayard facility runs a straddle operation and is equipped with most modern technologies, using integrated and automated processes, such as DGPS and a fully automated CAMCO gate system.

Seayard decided to migrate from the existing COSMOS system to the RBS TOS terminal operating system TOPS Advance. Seayard opted for both major modules, TOPO and TOPX. The RBS TOPS system is completely integrated into the ERP system and into the local Port Community system AP+, which is also highly integrated with the operational processes and controls. RBS EMEA supported the Seayard during the migration- / implementation process and provided a wide scope of services such as training, project management and test management and Go-Live support.

The state-of-the-art RBS TOS System has enabled Seayard to improve their customer services, as well as to increase their performance levels, with an average productivity of 28 containers per hour per gantry and an average truck turnaround times of less than 30 minutes (receipt and delivery of containers). With these benchmark figures of their key operations the Seayard container terminal is in an excellent position towards their competitors in Europe. With our customer Seayard running the RBS TOPS system at their terminal in Fos, we are proud being a part of this success.

The Seayard terminal area covers an area of more than 52 hectares and has a storage capacity of 7,300 20-foot slots, organized into 3 levels. A dock length of 850 meters allows up to 4 simultaneous landings, with a draft of 16 m along the quay.

About Seayard

Seayard Container Terminal is located at the Port of Fos-sur-Mer, which is part of the Marseille-Fos Port Complex on the French Mediterranean coast. Seayard is one of the container terminals in the Port of Marseille-Fos that has been newly built on the expansion area FOS2XL. It has become the leading French port in terms of performance, as well as of reliability.

Seayard is a joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), APM Terminals (APMT) and the Chinese shipping line COSCO. TIL as well as APMT are managing a substantial number of cargo terminals in dozens of countries and cultures around the world.

Lomé Container Terminal in Togo

Realtime Business Solutions (RBS) won a contract to implement its TOPS Advance TOS at the new Lomé Container Terminal (LCT) at the port of Lomé in Togo, managed by TIL and China Merchants.

LCT ordered the complete TOPS suite with foundation and operations system, web frontend and KPI tool. LCT expands the existing facilities of the harbor to enable large container carriers, up to 14.500 TEU to enter the port of Lomé and deploys state-of-the-art container handling equipment. LCT will become a vital transshipment hub in the region to serve TIL’s customers and a gateway to serve the landlocked countries of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and to the northern areas of Nigeria.

The RBS TOS is a vital component to provide best-in-class service to LCT’s customers and to operate the terminal in an efficient and effective way. LCT plans to build and operate facilities, including a dock with several berths and a large 48ha container storage area. LCT plans to handle 400,000 to 500,000 TEU per year, within a period of 2 to 3 years. After construction is completed, the terminal capacity will be 2,000,000 TEU. The LCT project contributes largely to the country’s economy and employment. At full capacity, the terminal will directly employ 670 skilled collaborators.

A multiple of indirect employment will be established. “RBS is enlarging the footprint, the LCT project is a big step forward into this part of Africa and establishes RBS as a vital part of the business in the region. LCT will be one of the biggest terminals in the region and the major T/S hub for MSC in Africa”, says N. Klettner, Managing Director RBS EMEA. RBS started implementing the TOS project work in January 2013. The target is to finalise phase one by summer 2014. RBS EMEA is the implementation partner of the terminal managing the project together with LCT. LCT is the fourth TIL terminal implementing the TOPS Advance system. Product, project methodology and services have proved to fully meet TIL’s needs and to support their business.

About LCT

LCT is a new built terminal in the port of Lomé, Togo. It is a joint venture project of Terminal Investment Limited S.A. and China Merchant International Holding. It will be part of the MSC network and act as the major transshipment hub in the Region.

Seayard Terminal – FOS2XL – Port of Marseille

Taking the last step to a fully automated and safer truck process with CAMCO LSTP and RBS TOPS.The Seayard terminal operates on average 800 trucks a day – with peak traffic up to 100 trucks per hour. Supported by good and intelligent automation between the GOS and the TOS, Seayard has one of the lowest truck turnaround times in all of France with less than 30 minutes on average for the complete process.

Advantages for the Seayard terminal:

  • Increase safety at the terminal truck area significantly
  • More efficient handling of the overall truck process
  • Less manual interaction and trouble shooting from the terminal Team
  • Fully automated truck process to decrease the truck Turnaround time


Since day one, the CAMCO gate automation system and the RBS TOPS Advanced system are fully integrated at Seayard and enable automated terminal operations. The solid OCR and Kiosk technology combined with the real–time TOS system have proven to be an excellent and efficient combination for fast and accurate processing of trucks and containers, at terminal entry, exit and yard.

"Since the go–live, we’ve experienced a significant improvement in operational efficiency and safety at the transfer zone, and have received positive feedback from truck drivers regarding the usability of the LSTP kiosks."

FRÉDÉRIC PELLEGRIN, Projects Director at Seayard

Project implementation: To complement its automated truck gate process and further increase terminal operations, Seayard has equipped its container interchange area with 28 LSTP kiosks. These LandSide Transfer Point Kiosks assist truck drivers during container transfer, providing a safe and efficient interchange solution for straddle carrier operated and automated terminals. The LSTP kiosks are designed and installed by CAMCO Technologies and fully integrated with the TOPS Terminal Operating System (TOS) from RBS (Real-time Business Solutions). Good Teamwork was key to the successful project implementation. All parties, from Seayard IT and yard department to both suppliers, worked closely together to achieve the project target.

How it works: At the automated gate process, the TOS assigns a transfer point to the truck cycle and sends it to the CAMCO GOS. The truck driver arrives at the interchange area and parks in a free lane equipped with an LSTP kiosk. He registers his arrival by swiping his Seayard pass at the kiosk. The visual interface guides the driver through the (un)loading process. The TOS is automatically informed on the job and location, and a straddle carrier is swiftly dispatched to the truck.

The system speeds up the container transfer process, enhances straddle carrier efficiency and improves truck turnaround times. As truck drivers initiate the container transfer process at the transfer location itself – instead of at a remote booth – they no longer run the risk of entering incorrect lane numbers leading to inefficient straddle moves. By staying next to their trucks during the container transfer, they keep safe and gain precious time.

The automatic interface to the RBS TOPS TOS helps dispatching the work faster to the available equipment with a minimum of manual intervention. In case of problems, the TOS still caters for all the troubleshooting facilities.

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