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How Port Automation Can Fail

In June 1993 the Europe Container Terminals and Sealand partnership at Rotterdam Delta Terminal opened the world’s first ‘robotized’ terminal.

Transport between quay and stack was conducted almost entirely by Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes (ARMGs) and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

Since then over 1,100 driverless stacking cranes have gone into operation worldwide and over 35 automated terminals have been launched, according to the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association.

The transition has been a steep learning curve and port operators, analysts and executives have begun to understand the realities and challenges of automation far better.

Author(s): Dr Yvo Saanen, Commercial Director and Founder, TBA

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