Technical Papers - Container Handling

Automation and Electric Drives

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Shipping lines are also increasingly operating in global alliances, giving them scope to optimize their services and increase their buying power. For container terminals this has resulted in noticeable reductions in handling rates, larger operational peaks and more idle time in waterside operations.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Environment, Health & Safety


Container Stacking Approaches for Mega-Ship Era

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

It is essential to create proactive measures to react to sudden changes in container flow

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Global Terminal Operators


Next Generation Training Tools

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

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

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Environment, Health & Safety, Global Terminal Operators, Port Focus, Terminal Logistics


Something New For The Crane Retrofit Market

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

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.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Environment, Health & Safety, Finance, Mega Ship Ready, Port & Maritime Training, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction


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


Virtual Reality: The Next Evolution in Operator Training

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

A VR training system brings four primary advantages; cost effectiveness, field of view, parallax, and depth perception. Traditional simulators use projectors or flat panel displays to provide a view into the virtual world.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Port & Maritime Training, Simulation Training, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction


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


The Changing Face of Container Logistics

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

Just as Google began life as a search engine and now presents itself as a onestop shop for cloud-based data storage and processing, the port community needs a platform that covers the spectrum of shipping logistics

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus


Automation Fails, But Can Win Big

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

With the increase in vessel sizes, terminal operators have finally realised that they will no longer be able to handle mega-ships in an efficient and economical manner without some level of automation. Some operators have sought to meet this challenge by ‘automating’ specific portions of their operations; adding CCD-TV, GPS devices, sensors and automatic steering to RTG cranes and straddle carriers

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Container Weighing, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Update: The New Era of Mega-Ports

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

Ports have been ever-present throughout human civilisation, yet only in recent times have we witnessed the emergence of mega-ports. Mega-ports can be considered truly indispensable nodes of the current globalised economic system. But what are mega-ports, who needs them, how does a port become one of them, and should we be glad about them; these are the questions that this paper seeks to address

  Container Handling, Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Update: The Great Freight Rate Race

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

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.

  Container Handling, Supply Chain, Terminal Logistics


Update: PSA: Mega-Terminal Operations

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

In container shipping, the idea that “big is beautiful” seems to be in vogue. Ever since the invention of the humble container in the 1950s revolutionised the face of global manufacturing, international trade flows have only grown bigger. More than 60% of seaborne trade now is containerised, with Drewry estimating that over 600 million TEU was moved worldwide in 2014.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready


Update: Handling Mega-Ships

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

Bigger ships mean more moves per call, which in turn means a logical requirement for additional berth capacity, or so conventional wisdom would state. This article contends that upgrading berth capacity alone in order to tackle mega-ships will lead to congestion throughout yard facilities. I believe that additional capacity can be achieved whilst avoiding the spectre of congestion by improving the efficiency of each quay crane at a berth and by increasing the number of quay cranes on one ship

  Container Handling, Mega Ship Ready, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Update: Container Weight Verification: Opportunities and Challenges

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

The process within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to implement the mandatory verification of a container weight before it is loaded on to a vessel is progressing as expected. In a May 2014 meeting, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved draft amendments to SOLAS (the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea) chapter VI to require the mandatory verification of the gross mass of containers, either by weighing a packed container, or by weighing all packages and cargo items and adding the tare mass. The requirements are expected to enter into force in July 2016. It is clearly stated in the draft amendment that the responsibility for obtaining and documenting the container weight lies with the shipper. This means that the burden to comply with the new regulations is not with terminal operators as such, but the situation - where many shippers will not have access to the facilities needed to fulfill their duties - provides terminal operators with an opportunity to offer such a service to shippers.

  Container Handling, Port Planning, Design & Construction