Technical Papers - Mega Ship Ready

What is an Autonomous Ship?

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

The core question of whether there will be autonomous ships is usually answered with yes. Some experts see the year 2020 as possible, while others see the years 2030 to 2040 as more realistic

  Automation and Optimisation, Mega Ship Ready, Supply Chain


Mapping the Globe: The Patterns of Mega-Ships

  PTI Edition 77 - AI & Intelligence

This paper aims to provide a concrete description and explanation of the observed pattern in mega ship trends for 2016-2018

  Mega Ship Ready, Supply Chain


Q&A with Benjamin Lai of DaChan Bay Terminals

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

DaChan Bay Terminals (DCB) is part of the Port of Shenzhen, the third-busiest container port in the world. To handle ship traffic DCB deploys a full fleet of electricity-powered rubber tyred gantry cranes (e-RTGs) and dual hoist tandem-lift QCs, which are able to simultaneously handle two 40-foot containers. DCB is the world's first container terminal to deploy a full fleet of e-RTGs, using electricity instead of diesel. E-RTGs emit no CO2 emissions during their operations in terminals and their indirect CO2 emissions are 60% lower than those of diesel-powered RTGs. All quay cranes are also electricity-powered. These cranes are able to simultaneously handle two 40-foot containers or four 20-foot containers with lower energy consumption and higher productivity.

  Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready


Empowering Mega-Terminals with Gigabytes

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Ports must continually invest in infrastructure and efficient equipment to remain competitive. The largest ports in particular have made substantial upgrades to serve mega-vessels, for example triple-e vessels carrying more than 18,000 TEUs. Port container terminals have been transformed into mega-terminals capable of handling more than 3.5 million TEUs per year.

  Mega Ship Ready, VTMIS & Aids to Navigation (ATON)


Megaship Pressures on Port Electric and Data Infrastructure

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Ultra-large vessels that operate under slow steaming are today the most efficient containerships, consuming 50% less fuel than the average main Europe-Asia route.

  Container Handling, Mega Ship Ready


Qingdao Terminal: Fully Automated to Welcome Megaships

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

This is the age of mega ships. These massive ships are carrying more cargo than ever before, and play a vital role in maritime transportation, dictating the future of the shipping industry. Just two years ago, the largest ship had a capacity of 19,200 TEUs.

  Automation and Optimisation, Mega Ship Ready


Garden City Terminal: A Single-Terminal Port for Today’s Market

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Savannah Port, the largest container terminal in the Western Hemisphere, has surpassed 4 million TEU by offering a competitive alternative to West Coast ports.

  Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus



The Panama Canal One Year After Expansion

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

On June 26, 2016, the Panama Canal opened its new set of locks, thus guaranteeing the transits of Neopanamaxsize vessels. After more than one year of operations, we have witnessed more than 1,700 transits of these larger ships, which are distributed among several market segments.

  Mega Ship Ready


Automated Mooring For Stabilizing Megaships

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

As the number of large and super-large container vessels in service grows, port authorities are scrambling to service these vast ships in ways that are safer and more profitable.

  Automation and Optimisation, Mega Ship Ready, Mooring & Berthing


Undaunted by New Challenges, Busan Mega-Port Thrives

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Shipping lines’ recent strategy shifts have strained market conditions, highlighted by the ultimate collapse of Hanjin Shipping in February 2017. Hanjin Shipping accounted for approximately 10% of all container handling at Busan ports, so its demise pushed Busan Port Authority (BPA) into the red, with total container handling plunging 0.1% in 2016 from 2015.

  Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus


Hamburg Terminals: Partnership in Practice

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Two trends have defined container shipping in the past decade. To start with, bigger and bigger ships were built at an unprecedented pace. The result was systemic overcapacity, which triggered various consolidations among shipping companies. The second is that port authorities and terminal operators were faced with major challenges owing to this development.

  Mega Ship Ready



Liner Shipping in 2025

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

The industry is currently facing a fundamental transformation which will profoundly change the existing business models – and that this transformation will happen irrespective of the practical details, such as demand growth and freight rate developments.

  Mega Ship Ready, Supply Chain, Terminal Logistics


Smart Port Logistics

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

After many successful decades of digitalization and automation in contemporary ports, the next big step is to look at innovative ways for extracting more value from new and existing data sources to achieve competitive advantages

  Automation and Optimisation, Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus


Demand-Driven Port Development

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

The ultimate reason to develop ports is to stimulate exports or imports, not to satisfy shipping companies. However, most ports are very attentive to the demands of their customers – too attentive. Sure enough, not providing satisfactory services could mean that shipping companies call another port.

  Finance, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics, Warehousing and Logistics