TOC Europe preview: Faster ROI on new port terminal technology, with CM Labs‘ simulation-based tools

At TOC Europe 2022, CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex® training simulators, will be showcasing a number of solutions designed to help port terminals obtain faster return on investment (ROI) from the adoption of new cargo handling equipment, processes, and technology. These solutions will be on display in Hall 1, booth C38, from June 14-16.

Booth visitors will experience CM Labs’ Vortex Advantage skills training simulator, networked with an Instructor Operating Station (IOS) that captures and reports on training data. Also on display will be a Remote Operating Station (ROS), a simulation-based solution that prepares terminal personnel for remote STS, RMG, and RTG crane operations.

“We’re seeing rapid uptake of new technology as port terminals adapt to supply chain variability,” says David Clark, CM Labs’ Senior Product Marketing Manager. “And industry experience shows us that a lack of specialized skills is the number one hurdle to successful technology adoption. That’s why tools for skills assessment and development are so critical to quicker ROI.“

The Vortex Advantage is a flexible skills development solution that can run all equipment training packs from CM Labs’ portfolio of quayside (STS, MHC, SPC) and yard-side (ECH, Reach Stacker, Straddle Carrier, RTG, and Forklift) cargo handling equipment, as well as Excavator and Mobile Crane Training Packs.

It’s a key solution for providing trainees with skills for standard equipment operations, or prior to the commissioning of new equipment, so operators can ramp up their productivity levels ahead of time. It is also an important strategic resource for terminals that are moving to automation, as this simulator helps maintains operator readiness for manual exception handling, without invoking the risks and operating costs of running real equipment.

All training data captured by the Vortex Advantage is tracked by the IOS, which is a tool that allows terminals to objectively evaluate and benchmark operator skills from any CM Labs simulator. This capability allows port terminals to proactively identify any gaps in specialized skills, and to adapt accordingly, in order to ensure maximum readiness for new equipment, processes, and technology.

Finally, CM Labs’ simulation-based ROS will allow booth visitors to experience the impact of a training solution that helps experienced operators make the challenging transition to remote stations, by allowing them to develop the new skills required to run equipment without the benefit of the sensory cues that are so crucial for manual equipment operations. This solution is typically deployed by terminals in the context of managing the process changes that come with the shift from manual operations to automation.

To experience these solutions, visit the CM Labs booth in Hall 1, booth C38, from June 14-16.

About CM Labs Simulations

CM Labs builds simulation-based solutions to help clients design advanced equipment and prepare for skilled operations. Through its Vortex Studio platform, CM Labs provides capabilities for training simulators, mission rehearsal, virtual prototyping, and testing.

For more than 20 years, CM Labs’ Vortex Simulators have helped train equipment operators in port, maritime, and offshore environments all over the world. In the past few years alone the Port of Tilbury, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Indonesian Port Corporation, Napier Port, Ports of Auckland, multiple DP World sites and the Pacific Maritime Association (USA) have chosen Vortex simulators to improve operational safety and efficiency.

Vortex® is a registered trademark of CM Labs Simulations. For more information, contact [email protected], or visit