Automation and digitalization continue to drive changes in roles and processes, thereby impacting the entire terminal operation and challenging us to evolve the roles of port workers. This paper takes on that brief by making a case that it is time to take remote operations beyond the remote crane operator. We believe such an initiative will increase safety and productivity at the quay by digitalizing the whole of the ship-to-shore (STS) crane operation.
The story of remote operation started more than two decades ago when the first stacking cranes were automated and remote operation was introduced. Since then a lot has happened, and today, almost all stacking cranes ordered are equipped with automation and remote operation.