July 2009

A new Container Terminal opens in St Petersburg later this year

HPTI conducted in Hamburg a comprehensive Training Course for the Terminal's Management Team -

The 4th Stevedoring District of the Port of St Petersburg is presently being converted into a container terminal. In order to prepare the management team of the new terminal for their future duties, the JVC "Sea Port of St Petersburg Ltd", the parent company of the JVC "4th Stevedoring District Ltd", contracted HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH to conceptualise and execute a made-to-measure training programme on port management and operations for eight senior managers.
The programme was very practice-oriented and focused on international container transport, container terminal development, container terminal management and operations, container terminal yard and ship planning, container terminal information systems, personnel management, marketing and asset lifecycle management. The participants visited the container terminals Altenwerder, Burchardkai and Eurogate as well as the multipurpose facility Süd-West Terminal and the HHLA Fruit Centre in Hamburg. They also visited Bremerhaven, where bremenports GmbH conducted a very interesting programme for the guests.
Despite the elaborate and dense programme, the participants from St Petersburg were very thankful for the wealth of knowledge, information and impressions they gained in Hamburg. They were confident that these will help them to develop their new terminal into a very efficient service provider to the container industry.
The new terminal is located on the most south-westerly corner of the port. It will be equipped with 4 STS gantry cranes and 10 Rubber-Tyred Gantry yard cranes of European make.
HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH is a training provider to the JVC "Sea Port of St Petersburg" and other operators in the Port of St Petersburg since many years. HPTI provided Senior Management training courses and study tours on a variety of port, shipping and logistics subjects as well as managers and operators' training on location.
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July 2009

The Sea Ports Corporation of Sudan takes great Strides in Modernising its Ports

HPTI provides Container Terminal Management, Operations and Planners Training in Port Sudan

"We must win the confidence of our shipping line clients by providing better services than our neighbouring ports". Both, the Deputy General Manager Planning and Development and the Manager Container Terminals of the Sea Ports Corporation of Sudan (SPC) share the same vision about the future of their ports and the challenges these are facing.
While the construction of a new container terminal in Port Sudan is nearing completion, the corporation invests heavily in the training of the staff of the existing container terminal. During the last twelve months HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH provided numerous training courses on location in all aspects of container handling: in terminal management and operations, in the use of container terminal information system software, and in yard and ship planning. This training is provided in support of the ongoing advisory services that port operations experts of HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH render to Port Sudan, in particular to the container terminal.
In order to back up the training on location and to support the utilisation of the CTIS Container Terminal Information Systems software the Port Sudan Container Terminal is presently installing, Sudanese IT experts, both from the hardware and the software side participated in made-to-measure, state-of-the-art training workshops in Hamburg.
Shipping agents in Port Sudan and shipping lines calling there have acknowledged the terminal's improvement in efficiency and the raised professional approach when providing services. Everybody expects that at the end of the present project, in the middle of next year, container operations at the Port Sudan Container Terminal will match the efficiency and the effectiveness of other regional ports.
Because of the useful, visible and readily implementable results of the training so far, SPC and HPTI have started discussions on the scope and breath of the training for the new container terminal in Port Sudan that is expected to open at the end of this year.
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April 2009
Booth B4.209/310

HPTI at the TransportLogistics exhibition in Munich

HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH offers International Logistics Man-agement Training for Corporate Clients

Standardised procedures, standardised processes, standardised IT software, stan-dardised equipment - in order to guarantee a high-quality service provision across regional and national borders, many logistics companies implement uniform ap-proaches and fixed work procedures at all their locations.
One quality improving procedure has rather been neglected so far: the same level of professional knowledge and the same standard of competencies of all staff at all locations. This can most certainly be achieved through standardised training measures. If in a firm all experts in comparable positions across national borders receive the same training and reach the same level of competencies, the efficiency potential of the above-mentioned procedures, processes, programmes and equipment can be fully realised.
HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH offers made-to-measure, state-of-the-art and company-specific training programmes in logistics management for international participants. If a client needs a joint training course for staff members from different countries or training courses of standard content, executed at international locations, if the training shall be executed according to company standards or according to the competency profiles of the European Logistics Association, HPTI can conduct the right programme at the right time at the right location, speedily, professionally and at short notice.
HPTI will be at the transport logistics at the HHM stand. More information under

April 2009

Harnessing the Information Flood: Crystal Report Training enables IT Experts from Odessa to turn Data into meaningful Information

Modern Container Terminal Operations generate a lot of data. To be of use for decision makers, these data must be up to date, relevant, and applicable. In order to make the required data transparent and to collate it into meaningful reports, many IT applications, including the Container Terminal Operating System CTIS of HPC Hamburg, use Crystal Reports as efficient report generator.
At the end of March, four IT experts from the HPC Ukraina Container Terminal in Odessa learnt in an intensive training course, how to apply the powerful features of Crystal Reports to tailor their operations data from CTIS and produce a multitude of reports, made-to-measure to each recipient's requirement. Our planners' training room proved to be a very appropriate venue for this training, as the participants could work on-line in an integrated computer training network.
After an intensive training week, the guests for the Ukraine left exhausted but happy and full of new ideas the still wintery weather of Hamburg.

October 2008

Equipment Operator Training for Straddle Carrier Drivers

- Equipment Operators from St Petersburg learn to operate Straddle Carriers in Hamburg-

Six equipment operators from the port operating company Petrolesport in St Petersburg participate in a practical training in Hamburg, in order to learn the safe and professional handling of straddle carriers. During five days, working in two shifts, they go through a multitude of practical assignments under all weather and operating conditions. They are guided by the very experienced instructors of the HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG and attended by HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH.
At the beginning of each assignment the instructors explain to the trainees the basic requirements of the assignment, which the trainees then have to execute under their instructors' critical eyes. As the trainees are already experienced equipment operators, who shall just gain additionally proficiency in straddle carrier operations, the training is progressing very successfully.
The company Petrolesport operates a multi purpose terminal in the port of St Petersburg that handles increasing numbers of containers. At present, these containers are stacked with reach stackers. In order to master the marked increase in throughput and to make container handling safer and more efficient, the company has ordered new straddle carriers. To make sure that this new equipment is utilised safely and effectively from the start, six of their best operators were send to Hamburg for this advanced operators' training.

August 2008 (2)

Handling, Storage and Distribution of Reefer Cargo

- Port Experts from St Petersburg visit Hamburg, Bremen and Rotterdam for Information on the State-of-the-Art Reefer Handling Technology-

Under the expert guidance of HPTI senior managers of the Sea Port of St Petersburg and the National Reefer Company are visiting handling facilities, cold stores and distribution facilities for refrigerated and reefer cargoes in Hamburg, Bremen and Rotterdam.
The lectures, site visits and discussions with the responsible managers, engineers and planners have been organised by us; a training expert of HPTI accompanies the group during the entire 10 days study tour.
The company Sea Port of St Petersburg, which developed from the former state port administration, and the National Reefer Company have very ambitious development plans for future cargo handling terminals. Next to a new container terminal they also plan a large modern terminal for the handling and storage of reefer and frozen cargoes. Different from similar facilities in Western Europe the installation in St Petersburg must have, due to the very low temperatures in winter, sufficient heating capacity. The participants of this study will discuss their development plans with German and Dutch experts in order to implement their suggestions and remarks into the planning.

August 2008 (1)

Modular Concept for the Development of Competencies in Maritime Security

The first ISPS security training course based on the certified concept has finished successfully

The first ISPS security training course using the new certified modular training concept started in August. Saudi engineers of Saudi Aramco, who work as Marine Consultants for Petro Rabigh, a new petrochemical industry park and chemical port north of Jeddah on the Red Sea Coast, followed an intensive programme in port facility security. Petro Rabigh is a joint venture between the largest Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical of Japan. The port will handle about 20 million tonnes of petroleum-based products and of ethylene and propylene-based derivatives per annum.
At home the participants of the training course are responsible for designing and implementing new security and safety systems and processes for handling of chemical goods. As their company's previous experience is only in operating oil export terminals, they are very interested in understanding how established international terminals handle these commodities. Therefore, their training in Hamburg consists to a large part of practical instruction and site visits to all kinds of cargo handling facilities. Due to the diversity of facilities in the port, Hamburg is the ideal venture for such training and HPTI's new modular security training concept suits Port Rabigh's training requirements to the point.

July 2008

Certified Security Training for the Entire Maritime Industry

A newly-developed Modular Concept for the Development of Competencies in Maritime Security satisfies all the training and competency-development needs of the entire maritime industry, be it private and public organisations, government bodies, navies, coast guards, police forces and similar security organisations, maritime offshore installations as well as the international port and shipping communities.
This Modular Concept had been certified by the GL Germanischer Lloyd to comply with the ISPS Code, the STCW Convention and Code, the EU Regulations and Directives on Ship and Port Facility Security and the IMO Model Courses.
The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of the IMO International Maritime Organiza-tion spells out explicit obligations of various security functions, without specifying the training require-ments for some of them. HPTI experts have analysed all these duties and compiled the competency profiles for the different functions. Based on these competence profiles, HPTI developed a Modular Concept for the Development of Competencies in Maritime Security.
The ISPS-Code that entered into force on 01 July 2004 obliges ships, shipping companies and port facilities to comply with very specific requirements. It demands that all persons that are involved in security matters must be duly trained, including persons designated as security officers. The prescribed measures shall protect ships and port facilities, persons, cargo, cargo transport units and ship's stores against the risk of a security incident.
But not only ships and port facilities are prone to security incidents, other links in the global transport chain are also at risk. The new Competencies Development Concept allows made-to-measure training within an internationally certified modular training framework, offering organisations the opportunity to train their staff according to their explicit needs.

The Germanischer Lloyd has assessed and certified HPTI's Modular Concept for the Development of Competencies in Maritime Security

It complies with International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code (ISPS); EC Regulation No 725/2004 and EC Directive 2005/65/EC; STCW 95 Convention, Regulation VI/5; STCW Code, Sect A-VI/5; IMO Model Courses 3.19, 3.20, 3.21; Certificate No. 70856-08 HH

June 2008

"How are you dealing with Port Security in Hamburg?"

Chief of the Dubai Port Police visits Hamburg Port

To answer this question, Colonel Al-Zaabi, Security Expert and Chief of the Dubai Port Police, visited HPTI and the Port of Hamburg in the second half of June, 2008. HPTI had prepared an intensive programme on Port Security and arranged meetings with important port security people.
During a tour by boat through the port, Colonel Al-Zaabi became aware of how difficult it must be to maintain a high level of security in such a big and diverse port like Hamburg, which has grown over centuries and is nearly surrounded by the city.
At the Container Terminal Altenwerder CTA, at the Hamburg Cruise Center, at the Port Police, at the "Designated Authority" and at the Port Safety Commission, the Colonel from Dubai found competent partners to discuss all port security related topics and to receive information about the numerous agencies sharing the responsibilities for security at our port.
Shortly before Colonel Al-Zaabi's visit to Hamburg, HPTI and the GL Academy jointly conducted a training seminar for special Port Facility Security Police Officers in Dubai. Colonel Al-Zaabi had selected more than 30 police officers from all over the United Arab Emirates, who successfully completed in the training.

May / June 2008

Simulation and practice-oriented Development of Competencies by Utilising Information Technology intelligently

HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH opens its new IT Training and Simulation Lab

Capt Dirk Seevogel, Managing Director of Hamburg's CTT Container Terminal Tollerort, officially opened the new IT Training and Simulation Lab at the offices of HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH in the Overseas-Centre. The lab, which is equipped with interlinked high performance servers and workstations, enables HPTI to conduct practice-oriented training with the aid of realistic simulations. The chosen technical equipment allows practical instruction on different platforms and in different professional areas. "We work internationally and commercially", emphasises Helga Wagner, manager of HPTI's Competence Centre Port and Shipping, "therefore, we have to be cost effective, efficient, effective and just-in-time to react to the requirements of our customers".
Within the framework of the CTT IT-Migration Programme, the competencies of the staff of CTT in operating the new container terminal planning and operations software will be developed during the next six weeks. The work stations in the lab resemble those of the actual work places and the participants will be trained on the software that will be implemented on CTT next month. To prepare for the training, the five members' trainer team around Helga Wagner analysed the operational processes on the container terminal in detail, identified the training needs and prepared the training and teaching material, taking the new software and the changed processes into account. Because of the very limited time available to develop the needed competencies, training will be conducted in two shifts and in two locations, on the CTT and at HPTI, in the next weeks.
Once the CTT training is finished the new IT Training and Simulation Lab will host international container experts that will be trained as container terminal yard planners and container terminal ship planners, while other participants will learn the operation of the Container Terminal Information System CTIS, developed by HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH, as well as the use of the different NAVIS programmes. Also, within the Asset Life-cycle Management contracts executed by HPC, maintenance and repair staff from many countries will be instructed in the use of the Mainserver-Software.
The technical capability of the new IT Training and Simulation Lab is powerful enough that nautical simulations to answer questions concerning navigational safety and ship manoeuvring will run shortly. "We will continue to cooperate with our present partners in such projects" underlines Helga Wagner, "but the new equipment allows us to conduct these investigations with the flexibility our clients demand".

March/April 2008
Port Facility Security is taken very seriously in the ports of the United Arab Emirates; the Dubai Ports Police Force continues to train its Senior Officers in the application of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS-Code).

Thirty Officers of the Dubai Port Police Force, the Customs Authority and the Security Department attended a specialised five days Port Facility Security Seminar in Dubai from March 30 to April 03, 2008. The seminar was conducted jointly by HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute GmbH and the Germanischer Lloyd (GL). With professional input and expert guidance of Capt Wolfhard H Arlt, Managing Director of HPTI, and Eng Ashraf El Sherbiny, GL Country Manager UAE - Gulf, the participants were introduced to the present status of port facility security in the international ports industry. In presentations, case studies and group work the lecturers introduced the requirements stated in the ISPS-Code and discussed different ways of applying the rules and organising the different security tasks.

As most of the participants had already experience in implementing the Code, lively, very involved and at times controversial discussions dominated the seminar.

In his closing remarks at the end of the seminar, Colonel Mohamed Jasim Al Za'aabi, Head of Dubai Port Police, acknowledged that the seminar was meant to give the participants further understanding of the ISPS-Code and its application. He told his officers that quite some work still needed to be done and that he expected them to maintain port facility security in the Emirates' ports at the very high level the authorities have attained already. He thanked the experts of HPTI and GL and expressed his wish for further cooperation.