Technical Papers - Container Handling

Energy Peak Shavings for Ship-to-Shore Cranes

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

Peak shaving implies the lowering of the highest observed peak in energy demand to reduce the energy-related costs. This enables container terminals to lower the handling costs of containerships, giving them a better competitive position

  Container Handling, Environment, Health & Safety


Terminal Automation Platforms: Open Interfaces

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

This paper is a shorter version of a full length white paper which will be available on the PTI website shortly

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling


Expanding Perspectives: From Port Focus to Supply Chain Focus

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

This feature from Kuenz explores how the company is shifting its focus from traditional port operations to broader supply chains

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling


Q&A: David Moosbrugger, Kuenz

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

Exclusive Q&A David Moosbrugger, Managing Director, Kuenz

  Container Handling


Crane & Operator Health & Safety

  PTI Edition 78 - Linking the Supply Chain

This paper addresses issues such as such as awkward posture, and environmental factors including heating, ventilation, noise, and vibration, continue to impact crane operators’ well being

  Container Handling


(Whitepaper) The Path to Automation RTG Terminals: Converting to AutoRTG

  Edition Online

This white paper describes the possibilities and processes of converting a rubber tyred gantry crane (RTG) terminal to an automated operation

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Port Focus


Tie-Down Design Considerations: STS Container Cranes

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

When extreme winds blow, cranes sometimes collapse. If one tie-down fails, a crane can break loose and roll down the rails, destroying neighboring cranes. Although other crane structural failures can occur during extreme winds, crane to-wharf tie-down systems are often the weak link for full crane collapse, and thereby deserve more attention.

  Container Handling




Terminal Automation: Converting to Auto-RTG

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

Operating an automated terminal requires a thorough change of business processes as well as new skillsets for the people operating the terminal. One way to successfully address these issues is a step-wise approach in converting the terminal from traditional manual operation to automation

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling


The Mega-Age: Resolving the Yard Challenge

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

To avoid becoming a bottleneck, the yard needs to be equipped with the right solutions so that it can deliver the required increases in capacity and productivity while providing a cost efficient service for both waterside and landside operations. This is the yard challenge of the mega-age

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Port Focus


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


Using Intelligent TOS Plug-Ins to Increase Terminal Performance

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

As volumes have found their way up again, and additional terminal capacity is not easily realized, terminals return to seeking improvements in their internal processes. Based on our experience, which covers over 50 terminals where we assisted in performance improvement programs, it is possible to make substantial performance gains for internal processes. This is also recognized by the terminals themselves. A recent survey by Navis indicates that 76% of the respondents put process improvement as a ‘number one priority’ for terminal operations. Process improvements may be seen through productivity increases, gains in service levels, for example the reliability of port stay, capacity enhancement due to using space more effectively, and cost reductions. Without a doubt, double digit improvements can be attained in the performance-cost index.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Terminal Logistics


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



Electric Yard Tractors: Weighing the Costs and Benefits

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

The latest Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (POLA/LB) has set a goal of zero emissions for cargo handling equipment by 2030. This has spurred a number of responses claiming that this goal will require enormous investment costs and will be onerous to achieve.

  Container Handling, Environment, Health & Safety, Terminal Logistics