Alliance generates unique portfolio of IT solutions and services for marine terminals
Basingstoke, UK. 18 March 2015. Cirrus Logistics, leaders in decision support and berth scheduling solutions to the maritime and supply chain industries, today announced its strategic partnership with Implico, the intelligent IT solutions and services provider for the oil and gas downstream market. The announcement was made at this year’s leading Maritime show StocExpo in Rotterdam.
Collectively, both companies have over two decades’ experience in developing solutions for the oil and gas industry and share a common customer base that includes Total, BP, Phillips66, and Vopak. The alliance combines the strength of Cirrus’ expertise in applied modelling algorithms (AMA) for multimodal oil and gas supply chains with Implico’s intelligent solutions and services for logistics and business in the oil and gas downstream market.
This relationship combines the strength of OpenTAS, Implico’s tank terminal automation and distribution solution, with SEABERTH, Cirrus’ terminal vessel and berth scheduling application as well as COST2SERV, the network distribution strategy application. This comprehensive set of functionalities is available as: an on-premises installation, an outsourced solution or as a cloud-based Process-as-a-Service.
“This alliance means we can now offer our customers an entirely new and innovative end-to-end solution,” explains Implico group managing partner Michael Martens. “The seamless integration of the two best-of-breed solutions – OpenTAS and SEABERTH – not only covers the complete supply chain but also lets us optimize the process flow, provide a better level of service and enhance safety. For marine terminals in particular, this is a truly one-of-a-kind portfolio.”
Simon Shore, managing director at Cirrus Logistics: “The first project to integrate OpenTAS and SEABERTH was a great success and considerably enhanced customer value. Offering tighter integration to our customers and reinforcing this with a business alliance that ensures convergent development roadmaps simply makes sound business sense.”
Cirrus has developed a range of applied modelling algorithms (AMA) that enables businesses to develop the best possible business strategy by simulating and optimizing operational practice. In the case of the oil and gas sector, Cirrus has the leading berth scheduling application for orchestrating vessel movements to support the refinery schedule or customer demand. Cirrus has also developed a network strategy tool that focuses on ensuring vehicle replenishments of gas stations are optimized by a least-cost or lowest-emissions factor.
Implico’s products and services focus on delivering daily operational excellence. OpenTAS optimizes and automates logistics and administrative processes within tank farms, service station networks and refineries to ensure that processes are rapid, transparent, secure and (above all) cost-effective. The overall architecture is simplified, IT and maintenance costs are reduced, and the terminal management system is seamlessly integrated into SAP to provide real-time data from the tank to the final delivery point.
About Implico Group
As an international consulting and software company, Implico supports oil and gas downstream companies worldwide in optimizing their business processes. The company was founded in 1983. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, the Implico Group has subsidiaries in Malaysia, Romania, Switzerland and the US.
Five of the world’s ten largest oil companies now rely on Implico’s industry experience, consultancy expertise and high-performance solutions – including OpenTAS, SAP SDM (Secondary Distribution Management) and SAP RFNO (Retail Fuel Network Operations). OpenTAS with the two main modules TMS (Terminal Management System) and RDM (Replenishment and Distribution Management) is targeted at fuel depots and refineries, offering comprehensive functionality for administration, automation and process improvement.
The fast-growing Implico Group currently employs around 200 staff.
About Cirrus Logistics
Cirrus Logistics has over 20 years’ experience in developing advanced optimisation and simulation About Cirrus Logistics
Cirrus Logistics has over 20 years’ experience in developing advanced optimisation and simulation techniques to enable companies to create the best possible supply chain and maritime operational strategies that return optimum financial benefits.
We offer a range of products that use Applied Modelling Algorithms (AMA) to efficiently solve design, optimisation and scheduling challenges across the logistics industry. Our products enhance the decision making process through the use of rich 2D & 3D models, high impact graphical analytics, and quick to learn user interfaces.
Dawn McMorrow / Margarita Barnfield
Head of Group Marketing / Group Marketing Executive
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