Implico Group and Cirrus Logistics announce worldwide strategic partnership
March 18, 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.