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Update: Automated Container Terminal Planning

What does an “automated” marine container terminal look like in 2016? Straddle carriers and RTGs can be automated but these are rarely used as the backbone for an automated terminal due to lack of density or poor performance from a rubber tyred interface compared with steel wheels running on a steel rail.

Canti lever RMGs running parallel to the quay are a viable opti on in places with cheap labour (horizontal transport is still manual) or that have a lot of transshipment or have street trucks that frequently pull multiple trailers (and can’t back into an ASC buffer effectively). Container warehouses or terminals based on overhead structures may also be a viable opti on for very high density situations,but for most people an automated terminal implies the use of automated stacking cranes (ASCs)…

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Mark Sisson, Senior Port Planner, AECOM, California, US

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