Technical Papers

How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping

  The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Port Planning & Finance,Container Handling,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling,Automation and Optimisation,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation,Terminal Focus

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.

Update: Dry Bulk Terminal Capacity Planning

  The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Terminal Logistics,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Global Terminal Operators,Port Planning & Finance,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling,Terminal Focus,Shipping

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

The Best New Technology in Unloading Hoppers

  The Bulk Issue     Terminal Logistics,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Port Focus,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling

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.

Antwerp: Specialist Dry Bulk Hotspot

  The Bulk Issue     Port Focus,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Port Focus,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling

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.

Green Bulk Loading and Transportation

  The Bulk Issue     Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Environment, Health & Safety,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling,Environment and Sustainability

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.

Utilising KPI's - Optimising Bulk Terminal Performance

  The Bulk Issue     Terminal Logistics,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling,Terminal Focus

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.

A Special Grab For Every Type of Bulk Material

  The Bulk Issue     Terminal Logistics,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Container Handling,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling

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.


Siwertell Coal Unloader for China

  The Bulk Issue     Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation

Siwertell is well established as a supplier of high capacity screw-type unloaders to the power generation industry. Its most recent delivery in this sector was to Zhongshan Thermal Power Company Ltd, part of the Guangdong GHD Group.

Are Large Bulkers More Oversupplied?

  The Bulk Issue     Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling

Cargo movement shifts from one segment to another rather easily (except in some cases when cargo size and draft restrictions at ports play a role) in the dry bulk market compared to other sectors. So, an oversupply in one segment trickles down to other segments rather easily. Therefore, an oversupplied Capesize market will, in turn, impact Panamaxes in the long run, which will further go down to smaller segments.

Dry Bulk Shipping Market Overview and Outlook 2016

  The Bulk Issue     Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Finance,Global Issues,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling

In the early aftermath of Brexit, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its new World Economic Outlook (WEO), where the organisation revised its previous growth forecast published in April. The global growth outlook for 2016 and 2017 has been reduced and according to the IMF, the deterioration reflects the uncertainty of Brexit’s economic consequences. The IMF does not expect he combined growth for the emerging markets and developing economies to be affected. Their projection remains at the same levels as in the April WEO – a growth of 4.1% in 2016 and 4.6% in 2017. As the emerging markets rely on commodities as their main trade, this will not add to the headache for the currently depressed dry bulk shipping industry.

Bleak Outlook for Bulk: A Long Term Perspective

  Embracing Automation     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Port Planning & Finance,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling

Drewry retains its cautious view over the long term, with a lot dependent on how China’s steel production grows. Drewry forecasts organic growth in infrastructure activities in China in the long term, which will give the much-needed boost to the bigger vessels during that period. However, a shift away from coal in many economies and a shift away from imported coal in India are downside risks for the bigger vessels in the long term

TOS Software Operations at Hams Hall & Immingham

  Embracing Automation     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Port Planning & Finance,Dry Bulk and Specialist Cargo Handling

Ongoing expansion and investment since 2002 has seen operational capacity at Hams Hall treble; ABP Hams Hall currently handles around 100,000 containers annually, yet still has capacity to accommodate further growth. Hams Hall spans 11 hectares (110,000m2), is Channel Tunnel SACTIFF securityapproved, has 6,000 TEU of secure storage, four railway sidings and two reception lines.

Huge Overcapacity: In Absence of Demand

  The Mega-Ship Issue     Port Focus,Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Global Issues,Mega Ship Ready

The dry bulk market is grappling to survive in absence of demand. Trade of the major commodities, coal and iron ore, have almost become stagnant. Result: the big vessels are suffering the most


How to Navigate the Dry Bulk Market

  The Mega-Ship Issue     Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling,Global Issues

The barometer on the state of health of the dry bulk market is usually reflected in the performance of the Baltic Dry Index (BDI), which is based on a composite of the Capesize, Panamax, Handy-size and Supramax indices. The outlook, based on its past performance, is bleak at the moment