30 Years of Port Robotics



Johannes Leholm, Automation Architect, Navis


Improvements in equipment reliability and new technologies are persuading terminal operators from all regions of the world to invest in automation, resulting in about 60 live container terminals currently using automated container handling equipment.

There are those automated terminals that have been leading the way forward for years now, and in the past five years alone new terminals have joined the fold, opening automated facilities in Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Morocco, Italy, Oman, and Canada.

As container operators prepare for the future, it’s critical to understand the most effective tactics available when planning new terminal modernization projects.

Navis explores 30 years of port robotics in this technical paper.

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