Port and container terminals’ primary job is to move containers from ship to port and beyond as they keep the supply chain moving. Growing demand has seen many ports experiencing a surge in container throughput with many having experienced record-breaking months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
To stay up to date and ahead of the competition, ports across the globe are implementing digital solutions to ensure container handling operations are kept reliable. This includes tracking the movement of containers, digital documentation and inspection for damage.
In this edition of the Journal the Port of Antwerp provides an example of how it is turning to a digital solution for the release of containers, ultimately saving time in the movement of containers through the port.
Meanwhile, the Red Sea Gateway Terminal is using its long-term investment of $1.7 billion to upgrade container handling and yard infrastructure, among other things, as it looks to its TEU throughput growing to 8.8 million TEU.
The demand on ports has led to suppliers and vendors creating new solutions to enhance container handling operations. In this edition ScanTainr talks about the issues surrounding container damage as containers are moved multiple times throughout their journey and how AI can help identify damage in a more efficient way, reducing both financial and time costs.
The physical movement of containers is also a key consideration and EagleRail offers up its solution of a monorail track with electrified carriers to safely move containerised cargo.
At the very beginning of all these types of projects is an innovative idea, a new concept or a solution to a problem and the Port of Tyne is looking to generate such ideas through its innovation hub which celebrated its first anniversary in 2020.