Only 36% of ports and terminals claim to have seen increased pressure from shipping lines in terms of the importance placed on automation and digitisation. However, the survey results certainly suggest that shipping lines do value new technologies: half of the vessel stakeholders surveyed feel ports and terminals are immature in adopting Smart technologies.
Whether it is a terminal truck driver, a hatch clerk, a vessel planner, or a shift manager; all contribute to a smooth and productive operation, and are continuously interacting with the various IT systems present in the terminal.
The ultimate reason to develop ports is to stimulate exports or imports, not to satisfy shipping companies. However, most ports are very attentive to the demands of their customers – too attentive. Sure enough, not providing satisfactory services could mean that shipping companies call another port.
A very large port with a single terminal might appear top be an attractive operational option on the face of it, but this may result in inefficiency due to very long internal moves of containers between the yard and the quay. It is possible therefore to show an operational 'sweet spot' across the matrix, as illustrated in Figure 2.
The TMdrive®-10e2-DP is intended for use in crane modernisation projects where the existing DC motors will be retained. It has the advantage of common hardware for both the AC and DC motors and an easy upgrade from DC to AC at a future date if desired.
In the new era we see, vendors of solutions will date to venture out their niches and look for solutions that connect and interchange information in real time to provide actionable visibility and enable efficient decision making. These solutions will be possible because new standards for information exchange and a set of common semantics have evolved.
It may seem rare that common ship handling and cargo loading operations result in major incidents. However, when such circumstances do arise, the financial and commercial consequences can be significant.
As of January 2017, the Top 25’s overall share of global capacity had reached 85%. However, company size does not necessarily
come with good financial results. For the first time, as a group, the Top 25 collectively posted a net loss in 2015, this running into hundreds of millions of dollars.
The ports industry is one of the most competitive in the world, a crucial part of keeping out economy thriving, it employs thousands of people around the globe. Their will always be a need for ports: every single day they transport cargo, breakbulk, and people around the world.
Despite persistent volume growth, in recent years many lines have seen poor financial performance. Underlying adverse market conditions have been the imbalance between supply and demand, causing major
fluctuations in freight rates.