Technical Papers - 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


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


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