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November 2017

DSP and Cargo Velocity sign a partnership to collaborate in North America

DSP and Cargo Velocity, Inc. are proud to announce a partnership to jointly provide a new, comprehensive service to cargo facility operators in North America.

Read the full Press Release from here


October 2017

DSP wins the Italian Terminal and Logistic Awards 2017 in the IT services category

The first edition of ITALA has been held Thursday October 5th 2017, in the beautiful Hall of Tapestries of the Alberoni College in Piacenza. The ITALA Awards aims to underline the skills of the operators involved in port, logistic and intermodal services in Italy.

This initiative has been organized with Assiterminal (the Italian Association of Terminal Operators), Assoporti (the Italian Port Association) and the media partner Ship2Shore.

Marco Fehmer, DSP CEO, got the award during the Gala Dinner as best IT services supplier. We are so proud of this recognition meaning that hard work and passion pays off. Thanks to the whole DSP team.


August 2017

Welcome Judith and Robert!

It is with great pleasure that DSP announces that Judith Morton and Robert de Belder have joined the DSP family!

“The entrance of two senior experienced professionals like Judith and Robert in our consulting network represents a great a value for DSP – says Marco Fehmer, DSP CEO – as we are willing to reinforce globally our presence and ensure long term partnership and co-sourcing with our customers, maintaining stable project teams and strong internal knowledge sharing.”

Based in North America, Judith Morton has more than 25 years expertise in software and services for marine terminal operations, intermodal transportation, and EDI. Judith has been working as Business Analyst for numerous container terminal projects and she has contributed to many successful TOS implementations in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She worked for Euromax in Rotterdam (two years), and LBCT in Long Beach (two years); most of her other terminal experience was at Navis.

Based in Europe, Robert is an expert on all operational modes and grade of automation, with 30 years of expertise in TOS development, deployment, experience with Container Terminal Operations, planning of vessels, yard, and execution with equipment control. He started his career at Hessenatie in Antwerp with COSMOS. Robert has then been working worldwide for main terminal operators, APM Terminals and DP World. In the last six years, he has worked in Rotterdam at RWG, one of the most advanced terminals in the World.


July 2017

DSP supports North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven GmbH&Co for the Navis N4 migration from SPARCS and EXPRESS

Thanks to a strong team composed of North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven GmbH&Co personnel, Data and System Planning (DSP) experts and NAVIS consultants, on May 1st, 2017 NTB has successfully completed the migration from its terminal operating system of SPARCS 3.7 and Express to Navis N4 version 3.1, a last generation platform, including algorithms of expert decking optimisation, prime route and autostow.

DSP took part in the NTB project from the beginning and has been involved during all the project phases collaborating with project management, contributing with N4 installation and configuration, data migration and Quality Assurance, and giving its support to the setting up of an interface with the Port Community System of Bremerhaven.

Another important element of the project has been the configuration and personalisation of the new billing system, contextually entered into service with the new TOS granting the continuity of the service and the quality of the data.

DSP has also supported Go–Live operations and successive phases of tuning and optimisation.

The N4 migration had a smooth start since the beginning, keeping its high standards of crane productivity of 30 moves/hour and full efficiency of truck and rail cycles.

“We received superb support from the entire DSP team”, said Marc Dieterich, General Manager Operations, North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven GmbH & Co.

For Marco Fehmer, DSP CEO, “this successful project confirms the value of the multi-disciplinary collaborative team composed of NTB, DSP and NAVIS, of which DSP is a certified partner for 10 years.”

Located in Bremerhaven, Germany, NTB handles 3.2 million TEUs annually operating with straddle carriers and 18 quay cranes, is one of the most important container terminals of the Northern Europe.


June 2017

Factory 4.0 and Container 4.0 – the change is happening-now.


World Port Development has published an interesting article on Automation and Big Data; Marco Fehmer DSP CEO and Claudio R. Boer Vice-President of the board SUPSI are the two authors.



Read the full article here

May 2017

The 4th APAC NUG – Singapore – DSP was there!

The 4th Asia Pacific Navis User Group conference took place last April in Singapore and DSP was there bringing his experience.
APC NUG was hosted by Hong Kong MTL and PTP - Port of Tanjung Pelepas.








February 2017

DSP Data and System Planning and APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas - 4 years side by side

Since 2013, DSP is the partner of APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico for the implementation of the the Navis SN4 TOS System and KALMAR SmartPort Solutions.
APMT Lazaro is a semi-automated greenfield site, with ASC and shuttle carriers, designed for an annual throughput of 1.2 million TEU.

“We are proud to have supported the go live of one of the newest and largest Latin American container terminal - says Marco Fehmer, DSP CEO - The terminal recently started with successful gate operations and welcomed its first commercial vessel call with Maersk Salalah”.

With the first phase of the terminal complete, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas occupies an area of 49 hectares, with a quay of 750 meters in length for ships and a depth of 16.5m, deep enough to receive some of the world’s largest vessels. The terminal is connected to five rail tracks and offers gate services for land-side customers.
The final phase of the terminal buildout is scheduled to happen between 2027 and 2030.

“In 4 years - explains Daniele Labate, DSP Project Manager – we provided numerous added value services to the terminal with our team. Omar Amrani, Ikram Said, Francisco Bahnson, Mikko Rahia and myself spent most of our time onsite, establishing a great spirit of collaboration with APMT, NAVIS and KALMAR”.

The services provided by DSP in the past 4 years were:

  • TOS Design and Analysis: DSP has been part of the project since June 2013, participating, consulting and contributing to develop the initial document which describes all Terminal process flows, exceptions and possible gaps;
  • Design and organize the QA Team: DSP has collected the operational requirements and use cases, developing test cases and assisting for the case management. Together with the customer, DSP has applied a model defining the software Acceptance and deployment;
  • Operational consulting for Business Process Modelling and planning department: DSP has provided guide lines for operational BPMs definition and KPIs;
  • TOS configuration and support: vessel, gate and rail cycles as well as accessory services. Based on our vast experience, DSP has suggested a methodology to define and inventory all configuration items and keep track of changes;
  • Groovy development:
    • Customs integration (SICREFIS methods). Through Web Services APIs, our N4 groovy certified expert has developed and deployed the actual Production solution to interface N4 with the Mexican Customs Portal;
    • Truck handling (SuperB trucks): a customized solution fulfilled the gap about the truck flow by the means of groovy injections;
    • Satellite software for Pre-desk service at the gate (ASLA) has been developed. The drivers are checked and announced outside the Terminal area, avoiding congestion at the operational gate lanes;
    • Billing package and EDI invoices delivered: few gaps have been resolved by our groovy injection;
  • Extensions for N4Mobile and ECN4: UI design;
  • EDI support: EDI configuration completed and mapping customized using the Development Studio kit (Xenos translator);
  • Supporting Kalmar to implement Smart Solutions;
  • Go-Live and post Go-Live support.

APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas is only one of the ports of the APMT Group for which DSP is working. Since 2014, DSP has been deeply involved in APMT Maasvlakte II project, the fully automated terminal that set a new global standard in automated and environmentally sustainable terminal operations.

2015 - APMT Lazaro Cardenas

February 2017 - Maersk Salah calls APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas Mexico


January 2017

Mayotte Channel Gateway went live with XPS/N4 and ECN4 systems

DSP has been engaged by Mayotte Channel Gateway to support their operations team in the vessel planning area and for a general N4 audit and health check.

Our N4 TOS experts, Nuwan and Neil, have been training and mentoring Vessel/Yard planners/Hatch/Gate/Yard clerks and EC Dispatchers with XPS/N4 and ECN4 systems. Their task was to bring the planning and operational teams into the higher level, with the support of Navis TOS.
Thanks to their expertise, they were able to boost the terminal performance and the productivity up to a competitive level. During first 3 vessel calls, they managed to increase the vessel productivity by nearly 40%.

The commercial port of Mayotte is a French and European port located in the centre of the Canal of Mozambique. The objective of Mayotte Channel Gateway is to double the port activity, while creating an activity centre on a set of 75 Ha. Development is under way with the implementation of various projects, such as the transport of goods on the lagoon.