Ai powered Optimization for Maritime Terminals

Added value with our Optimization Modules: extraordinary customer service and low costs in one package, regardless of whether handling ULCS or smaller vessels.

Simplifying logistics processes in complex situations where time and space is critical.


  • Increase efficiency and speed.
  • Lower operating costs.
  • Save time and money.

Smooth Handling in Maritime container terminals

Our Optimization Modules for maritime and inland container terminals optimize container movements as well as the deployment of corresponding equipment in real time. They allow an optimized utilization of all resources and an on-schedule transhipment of transport units.

As the software combines various optimization modules, it can be individually adjusted to the needs of terminal operators and seamlessly integrated with an existing TOS. From fully automated terminals with automated stacking cranes and horizontal transport to terminals using manned straddle carriers – via intelligent optimization algorithms, as well as through efficient use of space, each of the individual optimization modules contributes to win the competetive edge.

Rail Scheduler

Rail Scheduler increases rail crane and yard vehicle productivity while improving the utilization of transfer points at your rail area helping to facilitate automation.

Yard Optimizer

Yard Optimizer provides an optimized yard allocation for load units to reduce rehandles as well as improve resource and storage area utilization.

Crane optimzer

Crane Optimizer increases crane productivity by reducing travel and equipment interferences as well as leveraging double-cycling moves when suitable.

Vehicle Optimizer

Vehicle Optimizer increases vehicle utilization across all equipment types while reducing travel and lowering maintenance costs.

Train Load optimizer

Train Load Optimizer plans and updates the stowing of outbound trains while improving slot utilization and business objectives and practices.

Machine Learning

Machine Learning improves the accuracy of operational data used for real-time operational decision-making and long-term strategic management planning.

Advanced TOS Optimization: every second counts


Container terminals all around the world need to speed up the performance of their Terminal Operating Systems (TOS) in order to keep pace with growing demands. INFORM's intelligent optimization modules are able to make split second decisions, moving every container and equipment into an optimized position, giving them a head start for their next move. In an optimized terminal, every second counts!


Optimising Your Data - Dr. Eva Savelsberg, INFORM


Dr. Eva Savelesberg, Senior VP at INFORM's Terminal and Distribution Center Logistics Division, talks about how ports and terminals can leverage their data.


What is Machine Learning and what are the benefits?


Dr. Ulrich Dorndorf, Chief Technology Officer at INFORM takes you through a quick, easy-to-digest overview of Machine Learning (ML), including: the simple definition of ML and looks at how companies are implementing ML to derive real-world benefits. 



HHLA: Rail Optimization at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA)

For container terminals, running out of space is a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) was built to handle approximately 790,000 TEU on its rail terminal. In 2013, CTA had already handled 813,000 TEU making the facility the largest of its kind in Europe. Increasing capacity was only the beginning of the rail terminal’s challenge; they also had to consider additional constraints.

Samskip: Setting the New Standard for Intermodal Terminal Operations

Upgrading to a new TOS is a major project and an ambitious undertaking for any terminal operator. After all requirements were specified, a roadmap was outlined that ensured a smooth transition from the old to the new system. In March 2018, the go-live was successfully completed. What Samskip got was not only a full-blown, state-of-the-art TOS, but a TOS with optimization modules powered by algorithms.

Selected References


Automating Rail operations

This paper explores automation solutions available for rail or intermodal terminal operations. 

Power Up Your TOS

Decision-making in terminal operations is complex and intricate. Each decision has multiple flow-on decisions that in turn complicate future decisions.

Machine Learning in Terminal Operations

In 2018, INFORM’s machine learning (ML) assessment project aimed to achieve two results. Firstly, could INFORM’s broader ML algorithms, developed for use in other industries such as finance, be applied to our Optimization Modules used in terminals around the world?

Data Management is Fundamental

In 2012, MIT Slogan published an article explaining the “Big Data Revolution.” The authors emphasized the necessity of utilizing the tremendous amounts of data that are being generated through digitization and the internet of things (IoT). Fast-forward to today.

Sustainability in Maritime: Driving Impact through Action and AI

In 2019, INFORM undertook the ambitious step of embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN SDGs challenge companies to replace profit maximization with a multifactor success model that adds “people” and “planet” to the traditional “profit” success factor. We were challenged to assess how we were, or could begin, contributing to the 17 SDGs.


Logistics Software

At the core of our solution is the Syncrotess logistics software that is robust and future-ready. With over 25 years under its belt, this proven system is capable of tackling your logistics challenges. 

Matthew Wittemeier

Matthew Wittemeier

Director Marketing & Sales