Technical Papers - Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling

Grain Handling Systems in Port to Meet Future Food Demands

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

To meet the challenges of future global food production demands, grain handling systems need to minimise waste at every stage in the logistics chain. This is why investing in an efficient system is a shrewd long-term decision by a port. Investments in port-machinery are, by their nature, long-term. The World Bank estimates that from now until 2050, global food production will need to increase by at least 50%, despite a crop yield that may by that time have diminished by 25% due to climate change. Ports, shipping and logistics will come under unprecedented pressure to ensure that as little grain cargo as possible is wasted. Handling facilities which spill, degrade, or otherwise waste these increasingly vital grain cargoes will not be regarded sympathetically – wise considerations for port operators when making their next investment.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling


Dust Mitigation for Bulk Cargo Using Atomized Mist Technology

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

When unloading bulk commodities from cargo ships, there are several major challenges to consider in mitigating fugitive dust emissions, including: wind velocity, type of cargo, height of the ship, unloading method and the port’s proximity to residential and commercial areas. All of these factors can impact air quality compliance and workplace safety, as well as community relations. As local, state and federal air quality regulations get stricter, the issue of fugitive dust control and resulting runoff of water used to suppress fugitive dust becomes an increasing concern for port operators.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling


The Future for Mega Bulk Terminals

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

The world is currently experiencing a noticeable recovery in the petroleum and mineral resources sectors after suffering a major downturn for the last two years. This downturn saw market prices for nearly every resource commodity sink to such low levels that production was curtailed to minimal levels by many companies as they struggled to stay in business.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Port & Maritime Training, Simulation Training


Port of Indiana Bulk Terminal: Metro Ports Ventures into Great Lakes Market

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

It took 165 years, but Metro Ports is now operating a Great Lakes terminal. On July 1, 2017 the company took over operation of the bulk terminal at the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor on Lake Michigan.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Port & Maritime Training, Simulation Training


Optimizing Operations in Bulk Terminals

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

This paper examines how the integration of three bulk decision-making problems are of critical importance to ensure efficient operation and use of port terminal facilities

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling


A New Dawn for Dry Bulk

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

For the first time since 2000 the order-book has shrunk below 8% of the total dry bulk fleet

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Finance


Safety Against Fire and Explosion

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Biomass is one of the fastest growing bulk shipping sectors, fuelled mainly by wood pellets coming in to Europe to replace some of the coal used by existing power stations. Obviously as a fuel it is combustible; the same can be said for coal, but animal feed, grain, sugar and other organic material can behave in the same way.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Liquid, Chemical & Gas Handling



Bulk Terminals Need Evolution

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Bulk terminal operations need to be prepared to adjust to fluctuating market trends and demands for certain commodities

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling


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


Update: Dry Bulk Terminal Capacity Planning

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

In 2012, the international seaborne trade for dry bulk cargo continued to grow: an overall growth of 5.7 percent, within which was a 7.2 percent increase rate for major bulks. Unlike other types of terminals (e.g. container terminals, general cargo terminals), for dry bulk terminals it is important to distinguish if they are export or import terminals. Because of the differences in objectives (i.e. export or import dry bulks), an export bulk terminal is designed rather differently from an import bulk terminal

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Terminal Logistics


The Best New Technology in Unloading Hoppers

  PTI Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue

Docksolid Bulk Port Equipment is a range of mechanical handling solutions for port terminals handling grains, coal, minerals, cement, fertilisers, powders or other dry bulk commodities. The brand includes extremely robust and reliable ship unloading systems, with a focus on flexibility of use and highly manoeuvrable mobile equipment.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Terminal Logistics


Antwerp: Specialist Dry Bulk Hotspot

  PTI Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue

To stand out from the competition in the world market, companies must be able to call upon a sustainable, flexible, efficient and most of all, innovative supply chain in which all links play an effective role. The Port of Antwerp is an example of a crucial link in the supply chain.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Port Focus


Green Bulk Loading and Transportation

  PTI Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue

It is clear that ports have a responsibility toward their environment and that port governance necessary should take care of effective logistics and operations. While in the past, the environmental safeguard was not an issue; nowadays ports worldwide consider the prevention of pollution a first objective, especially with import/export of dry bulk cargo (coal, grain, iron ore, fertilizer, etcetera). In this case, the risk of spillage and dust production is very critical.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Environment, Health & Safety


Utilising KPI’s - Optimising Bulk Terminal Performance

  PTI Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue

Most organisations use some kind of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to manage their business even if they are only measuring the financial aspects reflected in the profit and loss figures. The manufacturing sector has been using KPIs as a means to measure and improve productivity for many years.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Terminal Logistics


A Special Grab For Every Type of Bulk Material

  PTI Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue

For the production of all goods and energy, raw materials are the basic ingredient. Therefore, raw materials are shipped in large quantities worldwide. All materials have their own properties and for fast and efficient handling, specific grab solutions are required.

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Terminal Logistics