Edition 68 of PTI which features the biggest terminals in the world as each explains its specialist area of operation and its predictions for the future
Papers in this edition:
May 2, 2014 was a significant day for the Philippine-based container terminal operator, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI). On this day, a 26-year contract was signed by successful tenderer ICTSI, awarding the company a deal to design, construct and operate a new iInternational container terminal at Webb Dock East in the Port of Melbourne with a minimum annual capacity of one 1million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).
During the last 25 years, transhipment has progressively grown and gained importance in an international context due to the development of a highly competitive environment. It has become an essential tool for any shipping company that intends to explore new markets and expand their business globally.
Container shipping is, some half century after inception, remarkably resilient and successful in operational terms. Mankind, particularly in the developed world, takes it for granted that it is possible to buy exotic fresh produce that has travelled weeks from another continent, or pick up a bargain in latest electronic gadgetry that is most likely to have been manufactured thousands of miles from the consumer.
Globalisation has resulted in the sourcing of goods from any location in the world, and this enablement has also lead to a competitive shift in the basis of a port’s competitive advantage. Ports can no longer place reliance solely on their strategic geographical location or a country’s endowment alone in order to maintain economic dominance; a port’s ability to remain competitive today hinges on its ability to compliment and contribute to the competitive position of a country’s holistic supply chain its boundaries.
Over the last decade we have witnessed an important evolution of Vessel Traffic Services technology, as well as related policies. Today, even the smallest ports are equipped with a Vessel Traffic Management System in order to be compliant with existing regulations and run safe and effective navigation practices.
Over the past few years we have seen an increase in terminal development across the globe. The word “mega-terminal” is often used in this context. Growing trade volumes and the newest generation of ultra large ships drive the need for larger and more efficient terminals in the container industry. But how do these developments affect terminal size and port throughput?
The Ports of Auckland operates New Zealand’s largest container port. The terminals are situated in the heart of Auckland and hence have the largest consumer market in the country on their doorstep. TBA and Auckland work together...
The problem with port operations is that development is almost always reactionary. Ports react to changes in the maritime sector, rather than spearheading them. Which is to be expected: ports have to evolve according to the needs of their customers. Try reaching too far ahead, and you just might find yourself implementing an idea for which there are no takers.
The road to transformation is paved with technology, innovation and human enterprise. Transformation is no longer an alien word for the marine terminal industry, and for a global player like DP World it is a process that began 36 years ago when the world’s largest man-made harbour emerged from the sands of Jebel Ali.
Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) is the newly built, highly automated and most innovative container terminal in the world, according to its MD
Located in one of the densest consumer markets, the GCT Bayonne Expansion Project is the first brownfield container terminal in the Western Hemisphere to be converted to semi-automation
In container shipping, the idea that “big is beautiful” seems to be in vogue. Ever since the invention of the humble container in the 1950s revolutionised the face of global manufacturing, international trade flows have only grown bigger. More than 60% of seaborne trade now is containerised, with Drewry estimating that over 600 million TEU was moved worldwide in 2014
Trelleborg’s brand new Barometer Report found that 29% of those surveyed feel the industry is lagging behind when it comes to implementing upgrades to port infrastructure to accommodate increasing vessel sizes
The establishment of KPCT has been a success story. This paper explains how KPCT became one of the most productive automated terminals in the world
With more and more automated container terminals being implemented, there is an opportunity to standardise the solutions and learn from each other, explains Oscar Pernia and Elisa Rouhiainen of Navis
There is more and more talk about green port terminals, but what are green terminals, and is greening terminals a real development or just a gig? Olaf Merk answers...
The global container port and terminal industry is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the deployment of ever larger containerships combined with the creation of larger shipping line alliances, Drewry's Neil Davidson answers how terminals can cope with the situation
It is Modern Terminals Limited’s (MTL) mission to be the preferred partner for world-class terminal and supply chain services, and here it outlines how it aims to reach its goal
In November, 2014, VTT Vasiliko Ltd (VTTV) opened a US$342 million oil storage terminal for business
300 years ago, Liverpool was at the forefront of international shipping and trade, with the creation of the world’s first enclosed commercial wet dock. The city remained one of the world’s leading ports well into the 20th century, but the advent of containerisation and new market conditions meant it was overtaken by some of its competitors
Our economic security depends on companies and individuals having access to a safe, secure and efficient global supply chain. The likelihood of disruption increases, as does the risk to economic security, when the global supply chain grows in complexity
Kuenz offers solutions for container transfer and handling in intermodal operations – by rail, road or river
The mega-ships are here and the pressure to accommodate them is mounting in container terminals, including terminals with manned RTG yard operations. Automation can be a long-term answer to the mega-ship question, and today, automation features can be introduced to increase the productivity of manned RTG operations
Headquartered in Singapore, Jurong Port is a multi-purpose port operator that serves as Singapore’s main breakbulk and bulk cargo gateway
Port Otago worked with IBM Business Partner BPD Zenith to deploy MaxiCloud, a cloud-based enterprise asset management solution, and integrate it with the company’s on-premise finance system
The Port of Immingham sits on the south bank of the Humber Estuary and forms part of the UK’s largest ports complex – and the fourth largest in Europe – which operates on the country’s busiest trading gateway, a channel that sees upwards of 30,000 vessel movements every year
Recently, all eyes were on Khorfakkan Container Terminal as it set a new throughput record for a single vessel call, this paper explains how they did it
In the final part of this three paper series I will focus on the main differences between the current semi and fully automated container terminal and the New Generation Integrated Container Terminal
Five years after it was opened, the Euromax Terminal Rotterdam remains one of the most modern container terminals in the world. This is because since its operational commissioning in 2010, service and performance have constantly been raised to a higher level - an ongoing process that will never stop.
Dirk Visser of Dynamar explores how the biggest terminals in the world are currently performing