Technical Papers

Innovation E-Learning

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Global Terminal Operators,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,Port & Maritime Training,Port & Maritime Training

Maritime Security and particularly the security of port facilities and ships assume significant importance in the light of security challenges facing them like terrorism and piracy, among others and consequentially training of maritime security personnel takes centre-stage.

Consistent Training

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Container Handling,Global Terminal Operators,Warehousing and Logistics,Container Handling,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready,Port & Maritime Training,Simulation Training,Port & Maritime Training,Terminal Focus,Shipping

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.

The Digitalisation Megatrend

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Global Terminal Operators,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,Shipping

Digitising complete supply chains and automating information exchange could form a solution to this problem [2]. In order to overcome current information exchange barriers research is currently being undertaken on the translation of the internet to the real-world.

The Shipping Market in 2016 and Looking Forward

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,Port & Maritime Training

The longer global economic growth remains weak and lacks investment, the lower future growth potential for shipping. For eight years, the world has struggled to cope with huge changes and challenges brought around by the crash of the financial market in 2008.

Successful Delivery

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

In this globalised supply chain from the manufacturer in Asia to the consumer in Europe or America, the marine container terminal is a key link, where the cargo transfer mode changes from waterborne to land-based.

The Problems of Emissions In Ports

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Environment, Health & Safety,Global Terminal Operators,Port Focus,Health and Safety,Environment and Sustainability,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,Carriers

The ports industry is one of the most competitive in the world, a crucial part of keeping out economy thriving, it employs thousands of people around the globe. Their will always be a need for ports: every single day they transport cargo, breakbulk, and people around the world.

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: Dry Bulk Terminal Capacity Planning

  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

  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

  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

  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