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PTI Conference £499 Offer Ends Today

  30 Nov 2017

Today is the last chance to get a discounted ticket to Port Technology’s third Container Terminal Automation Conference on Automated Intelligence and AI

ABB Solution Offers ‘Safer’ Remote Ship Vision

  23 Nov 2017

ABB has unveiled a new situational awareness solution that adds an additional operational perspective to make vessel navigation safer and more efficient, ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision

Port Technology Takes on AI and Automation in New Event

  28 Sep 2017

Port Technology's third Container Terminal Automation Conference focuses on the new theme of artificial intelligence

Project Aims to Eliminate Emissions at Norwegian Ports

  04 Sep 2017

Shore power and charging infrastructure could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 12.5 million tonnes at ports in Norway every year, according to findings from ABB, DNV GL, the Port of Oslo, and Cavotec

ABB Contracted for Shore-to-Ship Power in Canada

  31 Aug 2017

ABB has been awarded a contract by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to provide a technology solution that will enable power to be supplied from the shore to ships berthing at the Global Container Terminal (GCT) Deltaport

New Video: ABB’s Automation in Action at LBCT

  23 Aug 2017

ABB has released a new video exploring the operations at LBCT in Long Beach, California, the first fully-automated terminal in the US

ICTSI Reveals All About Australia’s Automated Terminal

  03 Aug 2017

International Container Terminal Services’ (ICTSI) has released more details about its fully automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) after the international container handling facility at the Port of Melbourne, Australia, was completed last year

Navis Explores Fully Automated Long Beach Terminal

  18 Jul 2017

Navis has produced a video focusing on its involvement with Long Beach Container Terminal, the first fully-automated container terminal in the US and the cleanest and most environmentally-friendly terminal in the world

Friday Focus: TOC Europe 2017 Exhibitor Highlights

  07 Jul 2017

Port Technology visited Tratos, Cavotec, Konecranes, Vahle, 1-Stop Connections, Conductix-Wampfler Group, Navis, Cargotec, Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH and Kalmar at TOC Europe 2017

TOC Experts: Cargo Tracking Remains Fragmented

  07 Jul 2017

Digital executives speaking on a panel at TOC Europe 2017 tempered expectations for companies looking for one digital solution to manage all of freight trade

Update: Digital Container Terminals

We are living interesting times at the dawn of the next industrial revolution: Industry 4.0. How can container terminals be prepared for the era of cyber physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services?

Remote Operations: Towards a Digital Revolution in Container Terminals

As the terminal industry is currently implementing automation technologies, increasingly equipped with remote operational capability, at the same time the industry is taking the first steps towards the fourth industrial revolution

Distributing Intelligence in Container Terminals

In adapting to a new maritime landscape, ABB believe operators have to utilise automation and IT solutions in order to safely navigate peaks and troughs

Intelligence: Spreading Through the Hierarchy

Many terminal operators are currently making the necessary investments to meet the challenge of larger ships and the subsequent higher peaks of containers that need to be handled. It is essential to be able to toggle between low activity and high peak periods

Embracing automation

Automation is taking a major leap in many parts of the world. More and more container terminals are adopting automated solutions to meet the challenge of larger ships, taller cranes and bigger call sizes. This evolution changes the role of humans in the container handling process, from ship to gate. In this article ABB's Uno Bryfors discusses how container terminals are becoming factories without roofs...

GREENCRANES: Testing the way to sustainability in ports

In recent years the integration of renewable energy and alternative fuels within the industrial and transport sector has been greatly encouraged. However, despite important efforts, the total share of such greener alternatives remains modest considering the production and consumption energy mix on a European level. José Andrés Giménez, research and development project manager, Valenciaport Foundation discusses the project ‘Green Technologies and Eco - Efficient Alternatives...

Moving Crane Operations: Entering the Control Room

Stacking crane operations have been handled from a control room for some time now. As we begin to see ship-to-shore (STS) crane operators moving down from cranes to control rooms, the question arises: what does this mean for container terminals?

Reducing the environmental impact of port operations through onshore power supply

The Port of Gothenburg was one of the first ports in the world to offer onshore power supply with high voltage to commercial vessels. This is a technology that reduces local air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions and noise to a minimum when using environmentally labeled energy. In total, one in every three vessels that calls at the Port of Gothenburg can now turn off its...

Bringing Crane Operations Down to Earth

The remote controlled Ship to Shore (STS) cranes are making a major breakthrough in container terminals. The introduction of remotely controlled STS cranes in container terminals is not only expected to bring remarkable improvements in productivity, but also provide the crane operators with a more comfortable, ergonomic working environment thus allowing them to improve their performance.

Remotely controlled STS cranes

The performance of STS cranes is a limiting factor in the achievement of maximum throughput in container terminals. The need for high performance has driven the recent rapid development of these cranes.

Container crane driving simulator commissioned at Port of Göteborg

Port of Göteborg, operator of the leading container port in Scandinavia, is using a container crane simulator for crane operator education. The Port is also helping the provider of the simulator, ABB Crane Systems, to develop the simulator further. The crane simulator at Port of Göteborg is being used for training future Göteborg container crane operators, but that is not all. It is also being...

Interfacing process control and equipment control

As in any automated operation, the process control system or Terminal Operating System (TOS) is fundamental to both efficiency, and in an automatic terminal, its interaction with the equipment control system.

Remotely controlled quay cranes: safer and more productive

The world’s first remotely operated ship-to-shore crane is now in commercial operation. The crane is operated from a remote control station, similar to a control station for automatic stacking cranes (ASC). The control station is located in a control room in the terminal office area. The remote operation system has been developed in close cooperation between ABB Crane Systems and Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in...

Making cold ironing make sound business sense

Shore-to-ship power supply is frequently presented as a way for port authorities and shipping lines to substantially reduce environmental impact, while the economic case for shore power has tended to remain more elusive.

Efficient Use of Energy in Container Cranes

Fully electric operation of cranes at container terminals is the most environmentally friendly means of operation compared to other power sources (read fossil fuels). Making that statement today is not especially provocative, and for some years now in our industry we have seen a trend for electrifying machines that have traditionally been diesel-powered, such as RTGs.

Technology is key for the Middle East

As the Middle East continues to grow, it is quickly becoming one of the success stories of the maritime industry. The huge increase in container throughput has already driven more than US$38 billion in port investment and a further US$40 billion is ready to be poured into port construction across the Arabian Peninsula and neighbouring countries.

Investment vs. operating costs: a comparison of automatic stacking cranes and RTGs

Automatic stacking cranes are breaking ground in all parts of the world. For medium-size as well as large terminals, even in areas with low labor cost, automation is often both economically and operationally the best alternative.

Interfacing process control and equipment control

Introduction ABB has and will supply automation and electrical scope to a number of demanding automation projects including:

The latest generation of ABB Crane System simulators

ABB Crane Systems, a leading company in supplying the crane business with crane control, wanted to give the users even better support.

Reproducible high stacking in spite of unstable ground conditions?

Container ports are typically located in areas where land is expensive – since air is free stacking higher is an interesting alternative. In countries with medium/high labour costs the combination of high stacking and automation is very competitive and provides a short pay-back for the necessary investment.

Modernisation and refurbishment: when are they necessary?

Of the cranes operating today in terminals, harbours and on- board ships, many were commissioned one or perhaps even several decades ago. If properly maintained, a crane can remain in operation for several years. At some point, however, normal maintenance is no longer sufficient or even possible. The crane has become ripe for refurbishment. A further motivation for taking a more radical step may be...

Improving the operational performance of STS cranes

As global trade continues to increase there is a steadliy growing worldwide demand for container handling capability at the lowest possible price. Competition is sharpening as new container terminals are being built using the latest technology and existing terminals consider ways to increase their capacity while decreasing their cost. Not only is the total volume of annually shipped containers growing but so is also vessel...

Post-Panamax cranes arrive to complete first phase of container terminal expansion

Crane arrival The decision to proceed with a major terminal improvement programme at the Port of Wilmington, N.C., was based on careful analysis of market demands, especially the needs of many North Carolina businesses that have been using other ports. By seizing the opportunity before us, we at the North Carolina State Ports Authority are confident our ports will play a major role in supplying...

The Fixed Cabin concept

Given their long term experience in crane drive systems and crane automation solutions, ABB is now taking the next step in quay crane automation – remote control. Remote control improves the working environment for drivers and provides the opportunity for increased productivity. The developmental stages of the remote driven quay crane were done in succession. One of the major items undertaken was testing a fixed...

Quantifying the benefits of yard automation – updated

Introduction ABB, formerly ASEA, has been active in supplying cranes and equipment for over a 100 years and to this day has supplied electrical and automation equipment to more than 1,200 cranes of all types and in all parts of the world. ABB has and will supply automation and electrical scope to a number of demanding automation projects including: • Le Havre (SETO, 2003) –...

ABB in the virtual world

Since 2005, ABB has been heavily involved in the simulator business. The primary reason that ABB chose to develop a simulator was that customers realised that training new operators was both difficult and costly and they often complained over lack of training time. Today’s organisations are much more streamlined than before and equipment is extremely expensive. And what company wants to risk training newcomers in...

Meeting the Demands of Larger Vessels

Super-Post-Panamax cranes To be able to operate on the new Super-Post-Panamax container vessels, with a width of 22 rows or more, container cranes are becoming higher and have a longer outreach. ABB has delivered electrical systems for a large number of these Super-Post-Panamax ship-to-shore container cranes in recent years.

Modern interface between the TOS and the Crane Control System

A modern container terminal needs an interface between the Terminal Operating System (TOS) and the crane control system onboard the cranes. If the terminal includes fully automatic cranes, it is an absolute necessity to be able to send work orders directly from the TOS to the cranes. Moreover, for cranes with semi-automation, where the automatic cycle is started and supervised by the operator onboard the...

Automatic Bulk Cargo Equipment in Modern Ports: Part 2

his paper describes research and development into automatic grab ship unloaders, automatic loading machines, and automatic bucket stackers and reclaimers for bulk cargo in the Port of Shanghai, which have been integrated with a multitude of advanced technologies, such as long-range detection, computer networks, automatic control, and intelligent decision-making etc. With the above integration, efficient automatic bulk loading and unloading can be implemented in the...

Increased STS productivity with dual hoist automation

Automation can increase the overall productivity of a quay crane and raise almost all drivers to a high production level. For dual hoist cranes, this is even more true. The theoretical advantage of a dual hoist crane over a single hoist crane is substantial, but in everyday operation those fantastic numbers have been difficult to achieve. Due to the complexity of the dual hoist system,...

The Crane Maintenance Station today

Cranes that are increasingly more technically advanced, perhaps with more automation, require modern maintenance that can provide support from a modern Crane Maintenance Station (CMS). A CMS is not intended to merely create long lists of errors; it should also effectively guide the troubleshooter to the right location in the hardware or software documentation. A CMS is an important tool for reducing crane downtime, and...

Is Yard Automation Getting Easier?

Introduction ABB, formerly ASEA, has been actively supplying cranes and related equipment for over 100 years and has delivered electrical and automation equipment to more than 1,200 cranes of all types and in all parts of the world.

Experience, the key to the development of a comprehensive ASC standard

Commissioning ABB’s first automated stacking crane (ASC) system for the Port of Singapore, back in 1997, was the result of a strategic decision taken by ABB in 1992 to concentrate on developing automated systems for all types of container cranes and handling equipment.

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