TIC 4.0 Upcoming Publication

Dear Port Industry stakeholders and TIC4.0 members.


At our Webinar on Feb 24th which registered close to 600 applications, we presented the ambitions and announced the first deliverables of the Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC4.0) to a large audience of nearly 250 participants.   We were humbled and impressed by the interest generated by the work of our association, as it confirmed the high level of expectation for industry standards to be delivered in the container terminal industry.


Therefore, first and foremost, we would first like to thank everyone for their interest in our collective effort to move our industry forward.  Promoting innovation and digitalisation, and facilitating the 4th industrial revolution in the port sector is at the heart of our association’s ambitions and the shared motivation of our hard working members!


Following this webinar, we are preparing the release of our White Paper and of the first batch of definitions.  The publication of the TIC4.0 Whitepaper is scheduled in a few weeks and will be available for download on our website www.tic40.org.  This document is setting the framework and vision for the future of standards in our industry, and provides a clear guideline for all participants.


As we continue to grow our membership and accelerate the production of results ready for publishing, we will be organising further events and communications, among other things to give proper context to the results that are published and to demonstrate practical applications of the standards through our EU sponsored project Terminals 4.0.


TIC 4.0 is an open organisation, so If you have not already done so, you are welcome to join us in TIC 4.0 to participate in shaping the future of our industry!


See you at the next sessions,

Your TIC4.0


Boris Wenzel                   Frank Kho                         Norbert Klettner

President                          CEO                                     Vice-President

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 the 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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