Portwise + Konecranes

Portwise / Konecranes

Do you get excited when driving through the Rotterdam harbour between the huge terminals, watching the largest vessels in the world and impressed by some of the most advanced industrial terminals & plants in the world? Would you like to work with some of the biggest industrial automated equipment in the world?

At Konecranes Equipment Control Systems & Services (ECSS), we build the software to automate container handling equipment and we optimise terminal operations for increased efficiency, while at Portwise we solve complex logistic challenges with our proven models and quantitative approach to help our customers with design and investment decisions.


About Portwise

Portwise was founded in 1996 as part of TBA Group and became independent since 2022. We are a world-leading consultancy and simulation firm for logistics in ports, terminals and warehouses. We stand for progress and impact; we work mission-driven and help transform logistics to become future and planet proof. We do this with a mindset of curiosity and creativity, together as a team and with our clients and other stakeholders in the logistic chain. Above all, we love our work. We use our state-of-the-art models, expertise, and skills to make a positive impact on business, people, and planet.

By tuning and optimising models that mimic existing terminals or terminals that are yet to be build, you determine the best performing terminal operation! Because every terminal has its own unique characteristics, every project is different and leads to different logistical challenges to solve.

By comparing different designs into our models and by varying the amount, specification and behaviour of equipment you gain a lot of insights. You can provide a terminal with the type of equipment and amount of equipment that gives the best performance while also taking the costs into consideration. Or for example provide a heat map of the traffic to indicate possible problem areas. These are just a few examples of what you can do by applying our models.


About Konecranes

Konecranes Operational Software and Services is a leading international provider of software and services for ports and terminals with live installations worldwide. Our product and service portfolio concentrates on marine and intermodal container terminals. Our vision is to offer a world-class, end-to-end, integrated automation and optimisation software and consultancy solution for the entire lifecycle of ports and terminals. A scalable portfolio of solutions that work for small or large operations.

Large automated terminals place high demands on their operations and systems. We believe that our software, TEAMS, is the only available equipment control system (ECS) in the world to operate reliably and efficiently for every type of automated (and semi-automated) equipment. The system delivers significant benefits across operations, costs, safety, automation integration and efficiency under all conditions. We continuously enhance our operational software by improving among others logistical decision-making based on data, experience and new methodologies.

Using our proven emulation package (CONTROLS) we support in ensuring a smooth implementation of operational software for terminals worldwide. After the go-live we work on continuous improvement of our customers terminal by applying a holistic, data-driven improvement approach. We assess our client’s operational processes, systems and equipment usage. We aim to provide a balance between cost, performance, capacity, maintenance, predictability, stability, and feasibility. During this process, we use our experience, data models, emulation (CONTROLS), training setups, and optimization tools.


Working at our place

To stay at the forefront of developments in the port business and to consolidate our leading position in the field of software for automated container equipment and consultancy, we are working on various R&D initiatives. These initiatives are often supported by students. We mostly work with students with a background in Operations Research, Engineering or Computer science, but we are open to any enthusiastic, motivated talent with affinity for optimization, modelling, and logistics.

We are working several days a week from our modern office in the Netherlands (Rijswijk), in addition we also cooperate regularly with our offices in Romania, Germany South America and Oceania. We are accommodated to a hybrid way of working to have both the flexibility of working remotely and the power of personal collaboration.

There will be opportunities to travel and work abroad due to the international character of our business. Besides that, Konecranes and Portwise believe that training is an essential part to keep on improving.


Are you interested?

We are continuously looking for new members to join our international team. Then reach out to us by contacting: Erwin van Wingerden (erwin.van.wingerden@konecranes.com)

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