5 Must-Read Automation and Training Tech Papers


Automation and training are currently two of the most pertinent topics in the container port and terminal industry. Although the definition of what an automated terminal varies, for most people, it implies the use of automated stacking cranes in order to effectively automate operations.

According to Dr Yvo Saanen, Managing Director of Simulation and Emulation company TBA, terminal automation is the future and provides “safer, more reliable and more environmentally-friendly handling services for ports and terminals.”

Since there a big focus on this area of operations, PTI has compiled a list of the five must-read Technical Papers relating to these two subject areas.

  1. Automated Terminals: The Productivity Quantum Leap

As one of PTI’s most popular papers on automation, the focus was on Navis’s role for implementing concepts and solutions to support Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Khalifa Port Container Terminal’s goal of improving operational performance by utilising automation.

  1. The Future of Serious Gaming at Ports and Terminals

Serious gaming is becoming a relevant and viable concept for training port and terminal staff, since a virtual environment provides opportunities to test real-life scenarios at a port or terminal. This paper explores TBA’s SAFE-T GAME concept, which is the first virtual reality game for terminals globally.

  1. Doing Training Confucian Style?

This paper introduced the idea of bringing virtual training method to ports and terminals, with the idea being based around Chinese philosopher Confucius’s idea of remembering the things that we do by actually having a go at a practice ourselves, as opposed to hearing or seeing someone else carry out a practice or skill. TBA asks how this method can be applied to improve training in ports and terminals.

  1. Busan New Container Terminal: Growing Smartly for a Big Future

Written by Peter Slootweg, CCO of Busan New Container Terminal (BNCT), this paper looks at the aspects that put BNCT in good stead to reaching its full 3.5+ million TEU capacity, particularly through elements which include terminal design, equipment usage and yard optimisation.

  1. VICT: where technology and community interface

This paper examines the Victoria International Container Terminal project, which is due to commence in Q4, 2016. This project will be overseen by International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), with ICTSI being awarded a 26-year contract to design, construct and operate the terminal.

PTI is to host the inaugural Terminal Automation & Training Conference on June 8, 2016 at The Grange Hotel in London.

The event will see some of the top voices in terminal automation answer questions from an audience of port CEO’s looking to ascertain the true value of automation for their ports.

You can review the conference and buy delegate tickets here

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