Technical Papers

Demand-Driven Port Development

  The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Terminal Logistics,Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Warehousing and Logistics,Global Issues,Port Focus,VTS, Navigation, Mooring and Berthing,Environment and Sustainability,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready,Port & Maritime Training,Carriers,Shipping

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.

The New Era of Container Shipping

  The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Terminal Logistics,Environment, Health & Safety,Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Environment and Sustainability,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation,Port & Maritime Training,Terminal Focus

In the new era we see, vendors of solutions will date to venture out their niches and look for solutions that connect and interchange information in real time to provide actionable visibility and enable efficient decision making. These solutions will be possible because new standards for information exchange and a set of common semantics have evolved.

Key Trends And Developments in 2016

  The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Environment, Health & Safety,Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Mega Ship Ready,Shipping

The year 2016 brought a range of challenges and opportunities for European ports. This paper intends to summarize the main developments in nine distinctive themes.

Consistent Training: The Key to Port Success

  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

  The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Terminal Logistics,Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Port Planning & Finance,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation,Mega Ship Ready,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.

EU Maritime Logistics

  The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Finance,Global Terminal Operators,Global Issues,Port Focus,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready,Terminal Focus,Shipping

The interdependence of all actors of the maritime logistics chain is clearly demonstrated and justifies a holistic and balanced approach, be it in regards to investment, competition, level playing field, digitalisation, trade facilitation, sustainability or innovation.

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


Update: Automation Fails, But Can Win Big

  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

Update: The New Era of Mega-Ports

  The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Terminal Logistics,Port Focus,Port Planning & Finance,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready,Shipping

Ports have been ever-present throughout human civilisation, yet only in recent times have we witnessed the emergence of mega-ports. Mega-ports can be considered truly indispensable nodes of the current globalised economic system. But what are mega-ports, who needs them, how does a port become one of them, and should we be glad about them; these are the questions that this paper seeks to address

Update: Handling Mega-Ships

  The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Terminal Logistics,Port Planning & Finance,Container Handling,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready,Shipping

Bigger ships mean more moves per call, which in turn means a logical requirement for additional berth capacity, or so conventional wisdom would state. This article contends that upgrading berth capacity alone in order to tackle mega-ships will lead to congestion throughout yard facilities. I believe that additional capacity can be achieved whilst avoiding the spectre of congestion by improving the efficiency of each quay crane at a berth and by increasing the number of quay cranes on one ship

Update: Mega-Alliance Impact

  The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Port Focus,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready,Terminal Focus,Shipping

Ports and terminals are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of two inter-related factors: the deployment of ever larger container ships as carriers seek economies of scale and the resultant formation of ever larger carrier alliances in order to fill these ships. Bigger ships create well documented pressures for ports in terms of the need for deeper water, larger cranes and longer berths. They also mean that box exchanges per vessel call are larger and there is more peaking pressure on terminals.

The Effect of Mega-Ships: Cranes and Infrastructure

  The Bulk Issue     Container Handling,Container Handling,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready

Liftech Consultants Inc. is a consulting engineering firm, founded in 1964, with special expertise in the design and procurement of dockside container handling cranes and other complex structures. Our experience includes structural design for wharves and wharf structures, heavy lift structures, buildings, container yard structures, and container handling equipment. Our national and international clients include owners, engineers, operators, manufacturers, and riggers.

The Smart Ship: The Future of Maritime Intelligence

  The Bulk Issue     Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready,Automation and Optimisation,Shipping

Innovative Marine is a premier manufacturer in the aquatics industry focused on the development, production, and distribution of speciality equipment and supplies. As disruptive as the smart phone, the smart ship will revolutionise the landscape of ship design and operations, redefining the maritime industry and the roles of the players in it; with implications for shipping companies, shipbuilders and maritime systems providers, as well as technology companies from other sectors.

How Safe Are Your Cables?

  Embracing Automation     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Port Planning & Finance,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready

The RSC system has been specifically designed to solve cable management needs within the port crane industry. Traditional methods of cable management on port cranes has generally been handled with festoon systems or increasing more often with standard cable carriers

Damen Introduces 10 New Tugs: The Standard Series

  Embracing Automation     Port Planning, Design & Construction,Port Planning & Finance,Mega Ship Ready,Mega Ship Ready

The tugs of the Damen Standard Tug Series have been proven as top quality, high performance ship handling tugs, designed for working under the flare of container vessels. They are characterised by ergonomic layouts, towline-friendly designed, stainless steel towing bitts and fairleads, well-shaped funnels and superstructures and heavy fendering. Our tugs have to be both user friendly and maintenance friendly