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Q&A with Konecranes Director of Port Technology

Port Technology International discusses green technologies, automation, RTGs and other key issues affecting the container handling industry with Konecranes’ port technology director Hannu Oja.

How are the challenges faced by terminal operators today different?

There is a greater requirement to minimise vessel turnaround time at berth. This along with the constantly increasing number of container moves is forcing container terminals to maintain a constantly high level of productivity with better predictability. Furthermore, the berth time is squeezed still more by the pressure of fuel economics — the need to reduce sailing speed while keeping to vessel route schedules. The performance of the entire logistical chain in the terminal is under scrutiny, not just the quay cranes. Meanwhile, environmental and safety concerns are becoming more important: output must grow but fewer resources can be used and safety must improve.

Systematic performance improvement is a must for every terminal operator to remain competitive. Does Konecranes offer advice to container terminals on areas of improvement?

A container terminal is an exceedingly complex operation and we at Konecranes would not presume to understand the core business of our customers better than they do. As a manufacturer of container handling equipment, however, our customers expect us to provide expert advice on how to get the best out of Konecranes equipment in the areas of availability and productivity above all. As part of this we provide monitoring, diagnostic and maintenance systems both on the equipment itself or remotely that can help to improve maintenance activities…

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Hannu Oja, director of port technology, Konecranes