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Edition 51

Our 51st edition looks at how the expansion of the Panama Canal will affect global cargo flows, and the changing role of the Suez Canal. The edition also contains a focus on optimising automated container terminals, and the most effective use of tandem operation and double cycling in container handling.

Papers in this edition:


The cost and value of high angle conveying

The rationalization of sandwich belt high angle conveyor technology is fundamental to the long-term technological and economic success of high volume steep and vertical conveying. The introduction of this writing briefly retraces the development of sandwich belt high angle and vertical conveyors and cites the common denominators for success.

Optimising terminals to boost productivity

The next generation of robotized terminals will benefit from the latest solutions and technology. What are these solutions that will beef up the productivity of these terminals? In a simulation supported analysis, the small, but all feasible steps are compared on their impact to ship productivity. The analysis shows that with the right measures, a fully robotized terminal can live up to today’s requirements from shipping lines to turn around even the biggest vessels in a short period of time.

Improve productivity through better planning

Over the last decade we have seen huge amounts of money invested into the Middle East transport industry, and the region is quickly becoming one of the world’s most important logistics hubs. As such, terminals in the area have to cope with unprecedented container volumes and increasing demands from shipping lines, meaning that operations are now more complex than ever before.

Ports Automation: Ordering Data Chaos

Marine and intermodal terminals around the world are seeking automated container handling solutions at an increased rate. There is no shortage of automated equipment solutions – from quayside gantry cranes to container yard rail-mounted gantry cranes, shuttle carriers, automated guided vehicles and more.

WiFi and WiMAX in ports and seafarers’ access to the Internet

This report is based on findings of a research project commissioned by the International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW) and funded by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Seafarers’ Trust. The project ran from January to April 2011.

Has video analytics finally come of age?

Since the very first so-called ‘video analytics’ systems were introduced, the technology has experienced a number of false dawns in terms of its acceptance as a reliable and cost effective addition to traditional video surveillance tools.

Moor reliable, increased safety: Low Pressure pneumatic fenders

Low pressure (LP) pneumatic fenders have been in use in the offshore and port services industries for over 40 years, and have been utilized extensively for both large and small scale port operations and ship-to-ship transfers, including successful use in the Exxon Valdez oils-spill clean-up.

Tandem operation and double cycling in container terminals

In my personal opinion, container terminals are made up of primarily four elements: equipment, process, operation system and manpower. Normally these four elements are developed keeping pace with one another, but sometimes the balance between them can be broken.

The global importance of reducing carbon emissions from port operations

Although producing far less emissions per tonne transported than aviation and road freight, the shipping industry still creates around a billion tonnes of carbon emissions per year, a similar output to that of Germany, and more than the UK. In this article we look at ways of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.