Technical Papers

Green Patrol Rotterdam to Take First Hybrid Patrol Boat Into Service This Year

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Environment, Health & Safety,Global Issues,Environment and Sustainability,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation

The Hull Vane also has a strong impact on the wave pattern produced by the vessel. MARIN has measured this pattern - both directly in the boat's wake and at some distance. This is important for avoiding damage to the nearby banks. he model tests showed that when the Hull Vane was in place, the wave were only 7cm tall, while without the 'hydrofoil' the vessel produced wave heights of 10cm.

Brexit's Impact on Customs Regulation

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Finance,Global Issues,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation

This article looks first at the current position, and in particular the significance for businesses (both importers and exporters) of the UK's membership of the customs union. The article then considers the impact if the UK were no longer a member of the customs union, and highlights some of the issues which may have an impact on UK ports.

Changing Face of Container Logistics

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Focus,Container Handling,Global Issues,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation

An industry platform that covers all aspects of container logistics needs to integrate all the steps involved in shipping, storage and redirection. It would be accessible to all stakeholders in the port community, and make business sense through savings in efficiency and a decrease in container down-time.

The Challenge of Fragmented Container Port Capacity

  Edition Online     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Terminal Logistics,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Port Focus,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready

Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst (Ports & Terminals) with Drewry Maritime Research has written a new technical paper for Port Technology in which he offers fresh, pioneering insight into how to achieve optimal terminal efficiency via the analysis of terminal fragmentation

2016 Update: The Return of Iranian Ports

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Global Issues,Port Focus

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a unique country in terms of geo-economics and geo-politics. As the largest nation in the Middle East and Central Asia, Iran is an economic powerhouse in terms of international trade, industry and agriculture, energy and natural resources, science and technology, and tourism and logistics.

2016 Update: Maritime Sector Logistics 4.0

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Environment, Health & Safety,Global Issues,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation

The steam engine. Electricity. Automation. The Internet of Things: these 4 terms describe the evolution of industrial progress in roughly the last 2 eras. The Internet of Things – also addressed as the fourth wave in industrial development, or as the ‘digitisation’ of industry – offers various opportunities to the port sector.

2016 Update: Threats of Port Cyber Security

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Security, Surveillance and Detection,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Port Focus,Security, Surveillance and Detection,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation

Ports are critical infrastructures. Unavailability of a large port could present a major economic incident for a state or countr. ,A solid cyber security plan is a must in any modern port. How ready are you?


2016 Update: The Great Freight Rate Race

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Container Handling,Global Issues,Mega Ship Ready,Carriers

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.

2016 Update: PSA: Mega-Terminal Operations

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Container Handling,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Environment and Sustainability,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation

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.

2016 Update: Singapore's Next Gen Mega-Port

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Environment, Health & Safety,Global Issues,Port Focus,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation

The port industry is a very dynamic industry. The modern Port of Singapore, being a forward-looking mega-port, is a good demonstration of how dynamic the port sector is. Singapore was established as an independent and sovereign republic in 1965. 2015 marks the country’s fiftieth anniversary, and within a relatively short time span of less than 50 years, the case of Singapore shows the development of a port from almost nothing back in the 1960s to the largest transhipment hub in the world today.

2016 Update: Big Data and its Applications

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Global Issues,Port Planning & Finance,Container Handling,Automation and Optimisation

In this paper, Rodrigo Garro, Project Manager of gate automation provider Orbita, defines the term 'Big Data' in the commercial space and explains how port operators can apply Big Data practices to ensure that they can plan-ahead to make their operations more efficient and error-free.

A Global Logistics Data Backbone

  Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue     Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation

A recent overall study of the current logistics process makes it clear that all parties involved are developing activities and implement changes to make their own part of the logistics process as good as possible but with that they miss the total picture. In general, shippers demand better supply chain management and improved end-to-end chain visibility. To support that demand, a global logistic data backbone is currently in development.

EU Port Statistics Ten-T Regulations

  Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue     Port Focus,Finance,Global Issues,Port Planning & Finance

The importance of having reliable and accurate statistical data is crucial in all economic and social sectors. In the port area, until a few years ago, the most important data was that released by ports or port authorities. The reason for this lies in the fact that ports provide the data on punctuality and speed, usually one or two months after the end of a year.In Europe, Eurostat collect, process and disseminate statistical data for ports.It does this through the cooperation of the National Statistical Institutes of the EU Member States.

Are Large Bulkers More Oversupplied?

  Edition 71 - 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.

China’s One Belt One Road

  Edition 71 - The Bulk Issue     Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Port Focus

China has proposed a new silk route, commonly referred to as ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR). What does it mean, what are its consequences and what does it mean for the European ports system? This article will provide some answers to these questions. It will also provide some recommendations for European policy-makers.What is needed is a real reflection on the EU ports system. Which ports are needed for which amounts of cargo and which types of ships; which investments are needed where, and equally important: where not to invest? OBOR provides a unique opportunity to reflect on creating more focus, coherence and value in the European ports system.