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Edition 54

Our latest edition of PTI offers several viewpoints on how environmentally friendly practices can be adopted at ports and terminals, and the significant financial gains to be had as a consequence. With the financial climate showing no signs of recovery, this edition also offers some smart financing options for ports. As always we have the latest technical developments in container handling, dry and liquid bulk handling as well as an interesting solution to port security- ‘sniffer bees’.

Papers in this edition:


Efficiency from loading to reporting

Together, Implico and TanQuid have achieved their goal and turned three companies with different systems into a single group with a coherent terminal management and automation system. The successful changeover has brought two key benefits: the data at the different storage terminals is comparable and can be managed centrally, and each individual site has gained from having the fully automated OpenTAS solution.

Integrated approach to LNG terminal planning and design

With Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as one of the key solutions to the rapid increase in energy demand, there is a need to employ integrated planning to deal with the marine transport and terminal design issues for new LNG facilities.

Fewer books on the bridge, more information

For many reasons, nautical port information is of great importance to masters, shipping lines, trading floors, agents and publishers of such information. Why is this information important and what is it used for?

Safety, quality and environment driving improvements at ports

Kinder Morgan terminals embarked on a voyage to establish a corporate culture built around safety, quality, and environmental compliance. This ongoing process began several years ago and, though great strides have been made, the simple fact is Kinder Morgan will never be completely satisfied until zero incidents can be claimed.

Port radio data networks – back to the future

When referring to port installations, inevitably one tends to think of the site wide wireless data networks, and most people will immediately think of a WiFi network; however this is not the only option, with several others being available, including Narrowband and GPRS (GSM).

Innovation to reduce downtime

Industry survey, the Barometer Report 2 from Trelleborg Marine Systems (TMS), has revealed that eight out of ten ports suffer from unscheduled downtime and, of these ports, almost half are down for approximately 10 percent of the time. The findings reflect a similar position to that of the previous year, when the report was introduced. The fact that the industry is not getting to grips with these surprisingly high levels of downtime is a concern.

Boosting offshore transshipment worldwide

In 2012, Coeclerici Logistics is delivering the second twin vessel Bulk Limpopo for Vale Mozambique and the FTS Bulk Borneo for PT Berau Coal. The vessels have been designed by Coeclerici Logistics to improve the operational logistic chain of the raw material in the Moatize area, where Vale has a huge coal mine concession located 17 kilometers northwest of Tete city, along the left bank of the Zambesi River.

Optimizing financial performance of aboveground storage tanks

Terminal operators and their customers are concerned more than ever with increasing working capacity, reducing heel, extending service life and reducing emissions and evaporative product loss. This article takes a closer look at these key concerns and considers some potential strategies to improve performance, increase tank working capacity and reduce heel.

FLNG – huge growth planned through to 2018

Douglas-Westwood has been tracking the FLNG sector, its vessel designs and concepts for three years and presents forecast capital expenditure for the next seven years in the latest edition of its The World FLNG Market Report. Douglas-Westwood forecasts capital expenditure over the period of 2012 to 2018 will total $29 billion.

Trends in Marine Terminal Automation

An unpredictable economy and fluctuating container volumes are two key challenges marine terminal operators continue to navigate, creating new demands for efficiencies. These uncertainties have caused a renewed interest in process and equipment automation technologies as a path to increased efficiency. When deployed and integrated with the terminal operating system, these automation technologies can support and increase terminal capacity, optimize equipment utilization, and improve overall container handling performance in the terminal. Process automation involves the integration of the TOS with third party hardware solutions that are utilized at the gate, in the yard and at the quay. Various forms of hardware including real time locating systems (RTLS), radio frequency identification (RFID), global positioning satellite (GPS), and ocular character recognition (OCR) can automate the tracking of vehicles and the movement of containers to and from the ships, within the yard, and in and out of the gate, providing real time data streams on asset identity, location and performance. When integrated with the terminal operating system, process automation technologies can improve the visibility of container and truck movements, to optimize asset allocation, automate the delivery of ‘next move’ information to the equipment driver, and ultimately increase the productivity of the terminal. Since the late 1980s, the marine terminal industry has been supported by a growing range of expert information systems to coordinate and more recently automate the planning and management of container and equipment moves in a complex and demanding business environment. Click 'Read Full Article' For Entire PDF....

Project phases and respective scope

The industry has established a tradition of project phasing through different steps, to sequentially bring the information and data to the various actors in the project development; the investor, consultants and engineering contractors. This progressively secures the project development whilst managing the project risks and preventing useless expenses until the final investment decision (FID).

The zero emissions container ship

Upgrading a ship to carry 800 metric tons or more of batteries is not a trivial exercise, but the resulting fuel savings may eventually become so compelling that vessel operators adapt this as the new standard. If ports or nearby communities who are currently suffering from ship emissions wish to accelerate this evolution to electric power, they have the same tools available as they do for encouraging vessel operators to equip ships to accept shore power.

Ship loading and unloading: maximum flexibility and mobility

For ports which operate multi-cargo berths or stockyards, Telestack’s mobile equipment can offer the flexibility to stockpile up to heights of 17 meters at a rate up to 2,500 tonnes per hour, using a range of truck unloaders and mobile radial telescopic conveyors.

It’s time to go green

It goes without saying that the shipping industry has undergone some significant changes over the years. Technological developments have helped terminal operators and carriers transport cargo more efficiently than ever before, but now is the time to begin really enhancing the industry’s ‘green’ image.

Port community systems: a vital role to play

EPCSA is recommending that the port community system should take over the function of a clearing center – including receiving messages, processing the data in accordance with the requirements, and forwarding these messages to the stakeholders and authorities, or to a Single Window.

‘Ports of money?’ – a reflection

It is now almost 30 years since Associated British Ports was privatized and a number of ports in the UK were sold into the private sector. Since then, there have been investments by the private sector in ports and port operations in many countries.

Low carbon project leads the way on rail

The Haven Gateway’s $12 million Low Carbon Freight Dividend project is an initiative designed to shift containers from road to rail; it offers a grant of up to 30 percent for moving freight from truck to train.

A megaport for Kuwait – confirming the layout

The State of Kuwait has had a long-term plan to construct a regional scale hub port for the northern Gulf in Kuwait. During the 1990s, a port masterplan study examined several possible locations for the proposed port, including two to three sites around Boubyan Island.

Scratching below the surface – container crane purchase

Purchasing a container crane can appear to be a simple process. Requirements are specified and, after tender evaluation, a crane manufacturer is chosen based on the specifications and cost. However, it is often what is not obvious from the proposal that will determine if the purchase will ultimately prove to be a sound investment.

Enhancing port security

With the threat of international terrorism still looming large, port security remains of paramount importance to Europe, not only due to the direct threats to life and property, but for the potential economic damage that can arise from the effects on the relevant supply chains.

The cruise industry: itineraries, not destinations

The cruise industry has emerged to become a significant niche to the global tourism industry. The selection of ports of call and itineraries are carefully pondered to maximize the commercial potential and utilization of the ship assets. While large hub ports have the capacity to accommodate additional port calls, it is the smaller ‘exotic’ or ‘must see’ ports that cruisers are seeking to visit; this presents challenges for additional capacity. Berth availability and the capacity of small communities to accommodate large tourist influxes of short duration have become salient issues.

Maintenance guidance helps strengthen asset management

As a specialist insurance provider to ports, terminals and the freight transport sector, TT Club identified maintenance issues as a recurrent contributor to costly insurance claims. This was a key driver in the development of a newly published 76 page handbook ‘The Importance of Maintenance – a handbook for non-engineers’.

Port-able logistics solutions

In an era where each process of the product supply chain is under constant evaluation, port terminals are now identified as a key stakeholder in the global supply chain process. Port selection is fast becoming a very important factor in the efficiency and speed for the market of shipped products. This article touches on the basic principles that support this new idea.

Port Kembla outer harbor development

Expanding port facilities within the confines of two breakwaters and limited port land is a challenge faced by Port Kembla Port Corporation. Port Kembla is located on the east coast of Australia, just 60 kilometers south of Sydney, and is confronted by increasing international trade demand which can only be met by construction of new port infrastructure. The challenge facing the port is how to design and build these facilities within the existing boundaries of the port.



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