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TanQuid digitalises German terminal with Implico's technology

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The long-running innovation partners in the downstream sector, TanQuid and Implico, have announced the completion of a digitalisation project. After intensive planning and implementation work, all processes at the Duisburg tank terminal in Germany are now running with the process-oriented terminal management system, OpenTAS 6.0. In addition, the team uses specialised cloud services from the 'Supply Chain United' portfolio.

The new IT landscape offers a wide range of benefits: automated workflows, expanded service offerings, comprehensive data collection and evaluation, paperless processes, significantly increased flexibility, transparency, and security, and the ability to drive the ongoing energy transition both proactively and sustainably. Among others, there is now a sound basis to further build upon and focus even more strongly on the storage and handling of e-fuels.

The site in Duisburg holds a special position in the network of tank terminal operator, TanQuid. One reason for this is the enormous complexity of the facilities and processes. Another is the diversity of the service offer, which meets the demanding needs of a broad clientele from different industries. A total of 118 tanks hold a wide variety of chemical, petrochemical, alcohol, and mineral oil products as well as biogenic substances and liquefied gases. These are delivered and distributed by all common means of transport (truck, ship, rail, container, pipeline). Every month, around 3500 shipments take place in Duisburg – including direct turnovers. The main focus is on the storage and movement of chemicals, which account for around 80% of Duisburg's product volume.

As the digital heart of the tank terminal, OpenTAS 6.0 controls all central steps and processes: from planning, loading and warehouse management, to administration, quality control and customs documentation via EMCS. Even processes that previously took place in sub-systems are now fully integrated in the new software solution. A major advantage is that TanQuid can record, analyse, and optimise all tank storage movements and developments directly and holistically on a data basis.

Delivering and collecting products by truck is the most frequently used mode of transport in Duisburg. Onsite, it is now handled via a web service with a user-friendly check-in dialog, enabling drivers to conveniently check-in and out at the gate using a touchscreen. This accelerates the process on the one hand and reduces the risk of errors on the other. At a later point, the introduction of the innovative Truck Online Check-in from Implico's 'Supply Chain United' portfolio is planned, too. It will allow truck drivers to check in on their way to the tank terminal with a mobile device.

The multifaceted and dynamic large-scale project marked a challenging task for everyone involved. Here, the project team benefited from the deep understanding and good collaboration among the long-standing innovation partners.

In addition to the go-live of the new terminal management system in Duisburg, TanQuid and Implico have taken another important step to upgrade the company's IT landscape: at all sites managed with OpenTAS, the terminal processes are now running in the cloud. This gives TanQuid a fully virtualised, hardware-independent infrastructure. The advantages are the following: unified technology, fast scalability, and centralised support. Looking forward, the company wants to build on this further. There are already plans to implement additional 'Supply Chain United' services in Duisburg, such as the Truck Online Check-in for incoming trucks or the processing of rail cars, tank ships and direct turnovers via handhelds.

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