Advanced applications for terminal operations

Abstract

Container ter minals are struggling with ever-increasing  volume, and are therefore searching for solutions to increase throughput capacity. On the other hand they target to increase their productivity on vessels in order to be able to handle bigger ships with larger call sizes in the same time windows. A terminal operating system (TOS) is playing a major role in today’s terminal operations, as it supports planning, scheduling and equipment control. More and more tasks are performed by the TOS – stowage planning, grounding decisions, equipment dispatching – and therefore, they need to be well tuned to the operation, which remains a terminal specific characteristic. Today, it still requires a lot of human intervention, whereas computers and control software would be more appropriate. What is really needed, and how can we ensure that it works before putting it in place? In this paper we discuss the type of software required, and a way to ensure that it will actually contribute to real-live performance in the terminal…

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Dr. Yvo Saanen, TBA b.v., Delft, The Netherlands
Edition: Edition 38

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