TIC4.0 Statement

It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Mr. Ottonel Popesco passed away unexpectedly.

The Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC4.0) Association and our members would like to express their sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to Ottonel’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Ottonel was a member of the TIC4.0 Executive Council. As president of the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), he was one of the main enablers of the TIC4.0 vision. He has supported the founding of our association from the very first moment the idea of developing industry standards in a collaborative set-up was proposed.

He was a dedicated and passionate professional, who had a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve in our industry. His wisdom and broad experience have always been a good guidance to the TIC4.0 association.

On behalf of the TIC4.0 community

Boris Wenzel, President

Norbert Klettner, Vice-President

Frank Kho, CEO

Our Mission

The mission of TIC 4.0 is to promote, define and adopt standards that will enable cargo handling industry to embrace the 4th industrial revolution.

The cargo handling industry is under pressure to perform and to run its operations in an efficient way. In the last decade, development and innovation regarding cargo handling equipment has responded to local requirements and specifications set by port operators.

Efficiency of cargo handling operations is largely dependent on business intelligence, analytics and data related to operations.

At present, interfacing various equipment and systems is complex, costly and risky due to the absence of a common data language. The few automated container terminals operating today are closed systems that have been custom-designed with high costs.

Rapid advances in information technology and in particular digitization, have created new possibilities for the cargo handling industry, that could improve processes by connecting all equipment and systems in real time, thus enabling seamless data exchanges.

Under these new conditions, future advanced solutions could be achieved with less risk, at a lower cost and with a shorter lead time. Any type of equipment will have the ability to connect to universal open platforms.

The key enabling factor for the cargo handling industry to take full advantage of these technological advances is to rapidly develop and adopt commonly agreed industry standards that will allow objective comparisons of equipment/systems specifications and define the format and protocols for electronic data exchanges.

The Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC 4.0) initiative aims to bring together representative companies from both the Terminal Operators industry and Port Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers to collectively work on the elaboration of such standards.

The TIC 4.0 initiative has been endorsed by the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) and of the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).


1. Define and agree on a common language and definitions among the companies involved in the cargo handling industry.

2. Develop communication protocols and frameworks that will be adopted by industry players for seamless data communication.

3. Facilitate the inter-operability of different information sub-systems of a cargo handling facility.

4. Promote the deployment and adoption of selected existing standards and those developed by TIC 4.0 by the sector.

Embracing 4th industrial Revolution in the Port Industry

TIC4.0 Structure

TIC4.0 Members

TIC4.0 Leadership Team

Frank Kho



Boris Wenzel



Norbert Klettner



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