TIC4.0 Publication

Dear port-logistics and maritime industry stakeholders,

After the publication of the TIC4.0 White Paper, with great pleasure we are proud of announcing our second release of technical standards for the sector.

This first compendium (TIC4.0 2021.1) explains the context for the application of the Definitions, Semantics, Dataset Roadmap and Data Model defined by TIC4.0 as the main standardization pillars for the port terminal industry. Moreover, this release presents the first 25 definitions which characterize the “Activity” and “Power Source” topics for Container Handling Equipment.

TIC4.0 wants to thank all our associates for the great work and efforts done under the TIC4.0 technical groups to make this technical release a reality.

The document is now available at our website:  https://tic40.org/publications/

To obtain the document, please visit our Publications section on the website and fill in the registration form. An automatic e-mail with the link to download the file will be sent to your e-mail address.

Our gratitude to FEPORTPEMA – Port Equipment Manufacturers Association, and TOC Events Worldwide for their support!

Enjoy the reading and stay connected for further news!

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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