Edition 122

Automation Trends

E-Journals & Journals

Automation and its future in ports is one of the most fascinating talking points across our industry currently.

Investment in semi or full automation can provide a wealth of benefits – from an increase in operational efficiencies to driving down emissions through the reduction of wasted moves.

But price points can be eye-watering for cost operators, evoking a value-for-money debate. Moreover, the process of automating equipment is one of the central debate points between parties during crucial ongoing US West Coast labour talks.

This PTI 122 ‘Automation Trends’ edition takes a long look at all things automation in ports and terminals.

We welcome not one but two submissions from global operator DP World on long-term outlooks for port automation.

Tiemen Meester, Group COO of Ports and Terminals at DP World, has contributed an insightful standpoint on the current hurdles logistics chains are facing and how a versatile Terminal Operating System (TOS) can alleviate those pressures. Meester highlights automation in operation at ATI Batangas as a recent example.

We also are delighted to receive an editorial piece from Que Tran, Regional Chief Information Officer and Head of IT, DP World Europe. Tran outlines the green benefits of terminal automation, noting how DP World Antwerp has prevented over 10.6 million kilograms of carbon dioxide from being emitted over a four-year period.

COMPAS is the only network of multipurpose ports in Colombia. Having recently launched its Navis N4 TOS at its container terminal in Cartagena, President & CEO Andrés Osorio Barrera pens his thoughts as to the resulting benefits of investment in automation at the port.

I take a look back at Port Technology International’s hugely successful Container Terminal Automation Conference (CTAC) 2022 back in March this year. From standardisation, to emerging technologies, and investment strategies, we reflect on the key takeaways from the event and what to look forward to next year.

Finally, we welcome an outstanding contribution from experts behind a digital twin-based project based in Germany. Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, read more into how digital twin technologies and emerging solutions such as AI and predictive analysis can drive efficiencies at EUROGATE terminals.


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