Technical Papers - Container Handling

Aerodynamic Girders for RMGs

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

Kuenz has been working on rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes for intermodal terminals and river harbor terminals for many decades. As the market leader throughout Europe and North America, Kuenz has installed several hundred cranes throughout the world. Kuenz engineers in 2014 recognized that designing a RMG had become harder for the following reason: The cranes had become bigger. The largest Kuenz Cranes have a main girder length of over 140 metres, stack one over five, and their weight is over 700 tonnes. They are also faster, as the gantry speed for such a crane is 120 metres per minute, and trolley speed is 150 metres per minute. The wind surface of the structures had increased because of new codes and regulations. Customers were operating the cranes with wind speeds up to 28 metres per second.

  Container Handling

Megaship Pressures on Port Electric and Data Infrastructure

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Ultra-large vessels that operate under slow steaming are today the most efficient containerships, consuming 50% less fuel than the average main Europe-Asia route.

  Container Handling, Mega Ship Ready

Research Paper: Automation and Electric Drives

  Edition Online

In recent years there has been moderate annual growth in global container handling volumes – reaching around 700 million TEU in 2017. Meanwhile, the capacity of the world container vessel fleet has increased considerably to over 20 million TEU. Because of this, shipping lines are increasingly operating in global alliances, giving them scope to optimize their services and increase their buying power.

  Automation and Optimisation

The VGM Ruling: A Review of the Implementation

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

The much trumpeted container weighing regulation which exercised much of the freight industry last year is hoped to be the mere overture to a concerted effort to bring about significant behavioural change. This paper assesses the degree of compliance with the VGM regulation that has been achieved but also looks forward to what needs to be done to further ensure safety and sustainability in the global supply chain.

  Container Handling, Container Weighing

Automatic Twistlock Systems

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

The current practice at container terminals is to manually remove twistlocks from containers – a time consuming activity. This process can be automated, which saves time, reduces risk at the terminal and contributes to a more efficient operation.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Weighing

Empty Container Repositioning

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

This technical paper touches upon a few of the intricacies and suggest directions for further exploration to resolve the issues of busy container yards

  Container Handling

Future Port Automation: Issues to Consider

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Cargo travels through ports increasingly with the aid of automation. As automation evolves and becomes more sophisticated, terminal operators realize efficiencies that help increase throughput, reduce turnaround time and increase revenue generation. Many are unsure of what level of automation to use, if any.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling

A New Dawn for Crane Technology

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Maintenance costs and time are getting more and more vital in automated terminals, so beside the cost, the human risk is increased when people need to enter an automated terminal to tend to cranes. Therefore, we have a long-term commitment to long lasting components and several developments have been made in the area of maintenance with regard to critical parts such as ropes and wheels.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling

Q&A: David Moosbrugger, Managing Director, Kuenz

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

The most dramatic evolution in recent years is the automation of terminals. This started in the ports and will now be implemented step-by-step in other areas. For example, in the intermodal yards. Part of the technology which has been developed for the ports can be also used in intermodal facilities, new solutions for challenges need to be developed and then maybe it can also be used again in the ports to further increase efficiency and safety in the terminals.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling

Blockchain Technology for Ports

  Edition Online

This paper examines the suitability of blockchain and blockchain-based distributed ledger technology (DLT) to the port, harbour, and terminal industries. DLT has the potential to drastically change the world of asset transfer, asset movements and security of data movement

  Automation and Optimisation, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics

Consistent Training: The Key to Port Success

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

Today’s trainee is Rory, and it's his very first time operating a ship-to-shore crane. Yet, in gusting 40mph winds in a cab 53 metres from the Liverpool quayside, he's already moved five stacks of 40ft containers from a mega-ship sitting in the River Mersey to a waiting trailer below on the new £400m Liverpool2 container terminal.

  Container Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready, Port & Maritime Training, Simulation Training, Warehousing and Logistics

Maintenance of Automated Terminals

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

When converting a manual container terminal to automation, the first thing that comes to mind is installing automated equipment and building the infrastructure needed to run it

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Environment, Health & Safety, Global Terminal Operators, Port & Maritime Training, Port Planning, Design & Construction

How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

Over the past 15 years, the ocean logistics industry experienced vast changes to business models, services and technology adoption. In 2016, the pace of technology innovation accelerated as participants sought business model optimisation.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Mega Ship Ready, Port Planning, Design & Construction

Power Up Your TOS

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

There are two factors that impact decision-making in terminal operations: complexity and unpredictability. Complexity is straight forward; how complicated is the terminal environment

  Automation and Optimisation, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready, Port & Maritime Training, Terminal Logistics