Yilport selects APS Technology Group’s solutions for automating gates and identifying containers at cranes

2014-02-17 - The solutions will improve safety, productivity and customer service with process automation systems at Yilport’s four facilities in Turkey.

Zurich, Switzerland, February 17, 2014 – APS Technology Group (APS), a member of the ABB Group, a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and process automation solutions for marine and intermodal container terminals, announced that Yilport Holding has selected its gate automation and operating solutions for four multipurpose ports it operates in Turkey. Yilport will also implement the APS automated container identification and handoff solutions at the quay using crane OCR at its facilities in Gebze, as well as at its new terminal, Gemport, under construction in Gemlik.

Photo courtesy of Yilport

Yilport is a leading provider of container, general cargo, bulk and liquid cargo handling and warehouse services, and plans to improve operational productivity, safety and security by deploying APS solutions across its cargo facilities including Gebze, E5, Yarmica and Gemlik. The APS solution allows Yilport, as the first terminal operator in Europe and the Middle East, to manage exceptions across all gates and cranes at multiple terminals from one central and remote location in real time. The solution also provides full support for Yilport’s enterprise reporting.

Sean Pierce, CEO of Yilport Holding said: “We are focused on the continued expansion of the Yilport portfolio of terminals with the aim of being a top 10 global port operator. We will be able to realize this vision by investing heavily in people, facilities, equipment and by employing state-of-the-art technologies. APS is a key partner. Their solutions will support our growth through increased automation of our processes and by providing accurate and timely information to all our valued customers. Like our customers, we require the high level of accuracy and dependability that APS can deliver.”

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Yilport. Their use of remote exception management across multiple terminals and multiple nodes is a game changer for the industry,” said Brian Shultz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for APS. “Yilport control clerks will be able to manage exceptions across all of their gates and cranes from one central and remote location.”

Yilport Holding (www.yilport.com) was established in 2012 in Turkey to manage the growing port assets of the YILDIRIM Group of Companies. The Yilport portfolio includes four ports in Turkey and 50 percent share of Malta Freeport. Yilport was the first container terminal to implement gate automation in Turkey when the company installed APS gate OCR solution at its Gebze facility in 2010.

APS Technology Group (www.aps-technology.com), a member of the ABB Group, is a leading provider of OCR and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals. The solutions improve the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of container handling by increasing the visibility, velocity and volume of cargo moving through a terminal's gate, rail, vessel and yard operations. ABB acquired APS in February 2013 in order to strengthen its long-term growth strategy in the crane and harbor markets.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

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