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Collector’s Edition

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The Collector’s Edition features twenty exclusive interviews with some of the most esteemed equipment and technology suppliers in the industry, who share their vision for the future, technological expertise on improving terminal operations and thought leadership which has made them industry pioneers. 

The Collector’s Edition also includes expert technical papers, insightful articles and features previewing the latest industry innovations.

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Papers in this edition:

Radio Communications in Port Operations

Modern sea ports play a key role in the development of the global economy and efficiency, not just geographical location, has become the driver to attracting traffic. Like every other industry, the never ending quest for increased efficiency and improved customer service defines modern port operations and it is not surprising with billions of pounds of revenues at stake. As a result, operations have become more complex, where logistics, inventory controls, ‘just-in-time’ service and sophisticated tracking systems are basic requirements that need to be balanced with the need for increased security and a safe working environment.

Lighting solutions and services for harbour terminals

Focusing on the study of lighting systems in large spaces over the past decade, Shanghai Biny Electric Co. Ltd. (BiNY), a professional Shanghai-based lighting solutions and services provider, has firmly established itself as a market leader within the Chinese lighting sector. Among the products that it offers, Biny has developed two distinctive digitalised high masts, one with a double system that automatically raises and lowers its head frame and the intelligent communication terminal housed at the end of the individual high-mast.

Introducing ecosystems services for port development

Port authorities, maritime construction groups and dredgers are joining economists and environmentalists to find a way to protect ecosystems whilst achieving port expansion. Economic prosperity should be a shared value that reaches all corners of our global community, but it should not be achieved at the expense of other aspects of our global interests. This inner tension demands creative solutions that promote good policy choices, where ecosystems are not sacrificed for economic advancements. By using ecosystem services valuation to quantify the importance of biodiversity and viewing it as natural capital, the process can hopefully be applied to the maritime industries, port development and related dredging operations.

Technology partners increasing port effectiveness

The main challenge for the Port of Antwerp is to monitor 15,000 incoming and outgoing vessels per year in one of the busiest and largest harbours by surface area in the world. To allow for safe and secure ship movements, they have appointed partners of choice, Tein Technology, who have a proven track record in deploying unified surveillance solutions in the maritime sector. Tein delivered high-tech CCTV cameras and network to complement the the Port of Antwerp's radar systems, as well as developing interfaces for the entire monitoring platform operating from one control centre.

Ready for Automated Inspection

Automated solutions continue to be designed and developed for more efficient container processing at ports and terminals. Orbita’s automated gate systems have been introduced to make container inspection easier. Since their integration they have enabled lower inspection times, whilst providing the user with helpful registration data to support claim documentation. In addition, they have led to a decline in the number of claims related to damaged cargo, improved safety and security, and reduced the need for human intervention within automated lanes.

Container Handling Innovation at London Gateway

Today’s ultra large container ships measure up to 400 metres in length and hold more than 18,000 shipping containers. With its deep-water channel, 17-metre deep berth pockets and state-of-the-art container handling equipment, London Gateway has been built to manage these massive container ships on a scale never seen before in the UK. Once fully operational, the port’s owner, DP World, expects to be able to handle 3.5 million containers a year; and to help realise its vision, DP World is using a pioneering container handling equipment solution, which has been developed and built by marine equipment and services provider TTS Liftec.

TMEIC drives container-handling system innovations and improvements

This feature outlines TMEIC's success as a material-handling business. This includes its focus on continually improving industrial motor and drive systems through engineering, experience, and cutting-edge technology. Its crane control and automation solutions are also a key focus, and are designed to meet the most demanding applications and environmental conditions, using the latest advancements in automation systems in order to maximise both safety and and crane productivity.

State-of-the-art mapping system is a game changer

Having a situational awareness of marine environments has always been a challenge for ports, harbours, canals and lock systems and was only possible with very large and expensive survey vessels and/or dive teams. However, that has all changed with the development of a light-weight survey vessel that is able to capture 3D data above and below the water surface. This article looks at how these 3D mapping vessels are making it possible for facilities managers to make more informed decisions, reduce risk and lower their maintenance costs.

One step closer to resilient marine navigation

Most vessels are heavily reliant on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), with many systems such as the Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems and distress communications being very much dependent on its smooth operation. However, GNSS is vulnerable to various environmental conditions and any failures in satellite connectivity could potentially be fatal for shipping vessels. This article looks at backup solutions available for GNSS in order to avoid serious failures and bring the shipping sector one step closer to resilient marine navigation.

Canaport LNG terminal

Canaport, a consortium between Irving Oil, New Brunswick and Repsol, is an LNG receiving terminal located in the Bay of Fundy, Saint John, New Brunswick. This article focuses on the steel jacket structure that was used for the LNG terminal's marine foundations. The steel jacket project demonstrated that cost-effective design methods can be not only designed but can be build in a relatively short time-frame.

Innovative transhipment systems: The Bedeschi success story

With 100 years experience in the dry bulk sector, the Italian-based firm Bedeschi offers tailored solutions for dry cargo operations globally. Its floating transfer station is an example of one of its innovative solutions, designed specifically to meet the needs of the consumer. This article focuses on transhipment systems, as well as some of Bedechi's other projects that make it an efficient and serious contender in the dry bulk industry.

Revolutionary brake monitoring system

Smart stands for Sibre Monitoring Analysis and Remote Technology and is the new remote monitoring system for Sibre's brake systems. In this article the author discusses the product in more detail, including how it works, as well as an outline of the many benefits the system can offer for cranes operating at ports and terminals.

Innovation drives green productivity

Ports are under increasing pressures to overcome the challenge of adapting to environmental regulations. Productivity and Eco-friendliness are two factors which port equipment manufacturers must keep in mind when entering the research and development phase of their operations. Liebherr are a supplier who successfully balance innovation with productivity and Eco-friendliness and are currently working on a number of new projects to reset the benchmark as an efficient cargo handler.

Scaling up and its implications

The cascading of container vessels means that many ports and terminals are entering a critical phase in which improved performance will earn direct calls, and those facilities not able to lift productivity will see their market share decline - irrespective of the trade lane and port location.

Overview of IAPH mid-term conference and board meeting

An overview of the IAPH mid-term conference and board meeting. The conference contains seven sessions, whereby industry professionals discuss some of the biggest challenges facing ports and terminals. The sessions can be broken down into the following segments: port automation; port planning and investment; port operations - women driving success; key note address - raising the costa concordia; big, bigger, biggest; port infrastructure and interfaces and other challenges for ports, respectively.

Sri Lankan involvement in developing the maritime silk road

This article focuses on China's investment in Sri Lanka, which can be split into three strategies. The first is centered on establishing a partnership and building them them as part of its strategic objectives. The second strategy is to think about building as opposed to selling and keeping partners' strategic objectives and added value in check. The third strategy focuses on the allocation of financial resources, as well as a commitment to partners across the world over a long period of time.

The development of LNG bunkering facilities in North- European ports

Emissions regulations are causing ports to not only adapt, but to respond to port users' environmental needs, in order to achieve competitive advantage. LNG is a way for ports to meet those goals, however this is dependent on whether LNG development plans are in line with different market expectations and operational conditions. This article focuses on the development of LNG projects in Northern-Europe and the role their port authorities are playing to facilitate and promote LNG as a marine fuel.

Port Manatee car terminal development

Port Manatee, one of the largest and fastest growing seaports in Florida is the closest US deepwater port to the expanding Panama Canal, offering superior intermodal connectivity, competitive rates and a prime location. This article focuses on the development of Port Manatee's car terminal and other related works to be carried out on site.

Security in the Port of Rotterdam

Port security in Rotterdam is impossible to keep tightly-knit due to its open area. Therefore, a creative and integrated approach is necessary to ensure maximum efficiency for the security of port facilities. In order to realise its ambitions as a secure port, Rotterdam must be aware that safety and sustainability are two key factors to take into account when designing terminals.

GTT concept for jetty-integrated LNG fuel station

GTT, a french engineering company specialise in the design of LNG containment systems positions itself as a solution provider for the containment of LNG and mobilising highly skilled engineers. This article focuses on the advantages provided by low pressure LNG fuel storage for bunkering infrastructure integrated into port facilities.

Welcoming a New Transportation Concept

With static limitations present in the industry, it can be costly for port authorities to invest in new infrastructure. However, in this article, Professor Merzouki examines a cost-effective solution - the intelligent automated vehicle - as a cost-effective solution for easing the transportation of containers within the yard and increasing productivity without having to adjust and redevelop existing infrastructure.

SmartPort: Port Information In Your Hand

The authors discuss the impact of data sharing and how electronic data interchange has made ports and terminals much more open to their communities. A case in point is the Port of Cartagena, which has been used to illustrate how the adoption of the Posidonia SmartPort app has reinforced its relationship with the port community and stakeholders, consolidates the integration of the port within the city environment and boosts the positioning of the port within the cruise industry.

Shipping Line Mega-Alliances Impact Ports and Terminals

There are two major challenges for ports and terminals around the world: the deployment of larger ships to achieve economies of scale and larger container alliances to fill the ships. With these challenges comes additional strain on ports and terminals who must continue to operate under these kinds of pressures.

Analysing automated container handling methods

There are two major terminal designs which are being used in the industry: the automated stacking crane and the cantilever automated rail mounted gantry. Both designs have advantages and disadvantages but may not necessarily be the best solution for ports and terminals globally. This article analyses Paceco Corp's new terminal design: the RailShuttle system and how it can offer the same advantages as traditional terminal designs while lessening some of their disadvantages.

Next generation terminals

This article focuses on the configuration of the container storage and retrieval (S&R) system of the next generation of automated container terminals. The best system for any particular terminal depends on many different factors and only the side-loaded system would satisfy all requirements for a terminal that was 100 percent import-export.

Challenges for LNG Terminals in China

LNG is recognised as the fuel that could relieve pressure on global energy demands However in order for the Chinese government to meet their LNG targets, 50-60 billion cubic metres of natural gas will need to be imported by 2015. This article aims to give an introduction of current and future trends of LNG in China, along with comments on the receiving capacity and geographical position of planned and existing LNG terminals in China.

Addressing cyber security risks at ports and terminals

Ports are at a greater risk of cyber crime as more major port and terminals turn to automation. Cyber attacks and security risks are being treated very seriously and Stephen Jones highlights how cyber vulnerabilities remain uncertain yet exponentially heightened for the maritime industry.

Connecting passenger ships to the future

Schneider Electric inform us of the requirements set out for port authorities and shipping companies in reducing air and noise pollution and consider methods such as cold-ironing as an alternative source of marine power at ports.

Future cargo containers: how smart can they get?

Dr Lechner informs us that cargo container security remains high on the agenda and that current policy decisions are still are still not compatible with technical and organisational realities.

Optimisation for operational excellence

Process improvement is a rewarding activity and the companies that implement these measures can expect to see large pay-offs within a year. TBA's role in this process is to implement its own approach, using tried and tested methods in process improvement, including DMAIC or 6 models in order to see positive results.

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