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The Mega-Terminals Edition

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:


VICT: Where Technology and Community Interface

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).

TTI Algeciras: Pioneer in Transhipment Automation

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.

Mega-terminal Security: Cybercrime Threats

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.

The Economic Contribution of Ports and Terminals

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.

New Paper: 3D visualisation: creating an optimal environment

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.

Large, Mega and Ultra-Mega Terminals

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?

Jebel Ali: Container Terminal 4

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.

Jebel Ali: Container Terminal 3 (T3)

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.

GCT Bayonne: award-winning terminal operations

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

PSA: Mega-Terminal Operations

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

Automatic Upgrades: Accommodating Mega-Ships

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

How to go about Greening Terminals

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...

Unprecedented Challenges: Tackling the Biggest Alliances

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

Liverpool2: A Historic Port Giant Reborn

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

L-3: Protecting Commerce Intelligently

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

Case Study: RTG Automation for Every Unique Terminal

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

Humber International Terminal: A dry bulk powerhouse

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

A new concept in handling mega-ships: Part III

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

Euromax Terminal Rotterdam

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.