Technical Papers

Evolving an Offering

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Terminal Logistics,Port Focus,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,Terminal Focus,Carriers

Only 36% of ports and terminals claim to have seen increased pressure from shipping lines in terms of the importance placed on automation and digitisation. However, the survey results certainly suggest that shipping lines do value new technologies: half of the vessel stakeholders surveyed feel ports and terminals are immature in adopting Smart technologies.

Key Trends And Developments

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Port Focus,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,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.

Virtual Reality The Next Evolution in Operator Training

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Port Focus,Port Planning & Finance,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,Port & Maritime Training,Simulation Training,Port & Maritime Training

A VR training system brings four primary advantages; cost effectiveness, field of view, parallax, and depth perception. Traditional simulators use projectors or flat panel displays to provide a view into the virtual world.

EU Maritime Logistics

  Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Container Handling,Port Focus,Automation and Optimisation,Automation and Optimisation,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.

Training and Simulation Tools

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

Port projects are confronted by a growing scarcity of prime locations, increasing environmental constraints, limited space for expansion, along with the uncertain impacts of climate change and fundamental changes in ICT systems.

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: 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: Ports of the Future

  Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016     Port Focus,Port Planning, Design & Construction,Terminal Logistics,Port Focus,Port Planning & Finance,Terminal Focus,Shipping

For the port of the future, bigger vessels, broader carrier alliances, container capacity consolidation and larger hub and spoke port networks will be changing costs and revolutionising the way in which profits are generated from operations. Simultaneously, the port of the future will manage increased investment along with demands for improved productivity and higher level of service

2016 Update: Automated Container Terminal Planning

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

What does an “automated” marine container terminal look like in 2016? Straddle carriers and RTGs can be automated but these are rarely used as the backbone for an automated terminal due to lack of densityor poor performance from a rubber tyred interface compared with steel wheels running on a steel rail.

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: The New Era of Mega-Ports

  Edition 72 - 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

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: 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.