Technical Papers

2016 Update: Dry Bulk Terminal Capacity Planning

  Hardback Edition 72 - 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

2016 Update: Automation Fails, But Can Win Big

  Hardback Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Terminal Logistics,Global Terminal Operators,Port Planning & Finance,Container Handling,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation,Shipping,Container Weighing

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

2016 Update: Threats of Port Cyber Security

  Hardback 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: PSA: Mega-Terminal Operations

  Hardback 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.

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.

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.


Innovation: The Route To Green Shipping

  Edition Online     Port Focus,Environment, Health & Safety,Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Environment and Sustainability,Mega Ship Ready,Port & Maritime Training

Since climate change became a reality, goverments and private companies have began to work in regulation and policies that help to avoid the impact that the evolution in trade logistics is having on the environment

Efficient Terminal Transportation

  Edition 70 - Embracing Automation     Container Handling,Environment, Health & Safety,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Automation and Optimisation

Interest in electric horizontal transportation at terminals is growing rapidly. At terminals utilising automated stacking cranes (ASC), the options are the automated guided vehicle (AGV) or the shuttle carrier, either manually operated or automated. As container movement between the quay and container yard is a potential bottleneck, the Kalmar FastCharge shuttle carrier offers a major advantage by fully decoupling activities at both ends. This concept provides greater added value depends on the characteristics and requirements of the terminal.

RTLS Technologies in Terminals

  Edition 70 - Embracing Automation     Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation

In this paper are some of the existing RTLS technologies and their pros and cons, as well as an insight into how they are used in various types of terminals

A New Episode in Optimisation: The Agile Force Awakens

  Edition 70 - Embracing Automation     Port Focus,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation

High performing hinterland systems are mission critical in order to manage peak demands and customer expectations, argues Dr Eva Savelsberg

Productivity Through Decision Making

  Edition 70 - Embracing Automation     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Automation and Optimisation

Decision makers need technologies and solutions to support rapid and accelerating change to help them make good decisions based on knowledge, experience, and sound logic, according to Michael Bouari

The Journey of CONTROLS: DP World Antwerp

  Edition 70 - Embracing Automation     Port Focus,Terminal Logistics,Environment, Health & Safety,Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Automation and Optimisation,Port & Maritime Training

TBA is proudly celebrating ‘10 years CONTROLS’. In a series of articles, The Journey of CONTROLS will take you around the world, bringing you to various terminals who are using emulation and sharing their stories. In this second episode, we will write about the usage of CONTROLS at DP World (DPW) Antwerp


Automating Ports: Mitigating Union Friction

  Edition 70 - Embracing Automation     Port Focus,Environment, Health & Safety,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Automation and Optimisation

Although automation could certainly make sense for some ports, this could come at a cost: social costs, Olaf Merk explains how to mitigate those