Mega-Ship Surge Sparks US Robotisation
Automation is being heralded as the logical solution to the supersize ships now calling at the US’s two biggest ports – Los Angeles and Long Beach – both based adjacent to each other in Southern California.
The Wall Street Journal recently stated how operations at the automated TraPac Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles are symbolic of what the future has in store for US ports and terminals, and that future is immediate as Long Beach prepares for the opening of the US$1 billion OOCL financed terminal.
Despite the US being the world’s largest economy, only two of the thirteen marine terminals in Southern California are automated, with only four automated nationwide.
This pales in comparison with major ports in Europe, such as Rotterdam, and the giants of Asia, however the US has long had well documented labour issues with regards to implementing automated practice.
However, with the introduction of mega-ships, the US is looking increasingly likely to adopt automation on a much larger scale.
See below for an interview with Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka on how best to handle mega-ships:
PTI is set to hold the inaugural Terminal Automation & Training Conference on June, 8, 2016. The event is aimed exclusively at C-Level executives and aims to discuss automation as a concept and discover whether it really can be a viable solution to the mega-ship puzzle.