Technical Papers - Port Focus

The Certainty of Berth Uncertainty

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

As a result of increasing pressure to improve supply chain predictability, uncertain containership berthing times in ports is one of the main challenges the industry is facing today. Innovative ways of providing visibility and transparency to port operations, along with the various initiatives from port authorities and other governmental entities, are accelerating the process towards new ways of doing things in the berth management field. So let’s start with who’s who in the berth management game. Although there are different models, we will focus on those ports with one or more container terminals, where the terminal is the entity dealing with the different ocean carriers to assign priorities and allocate the berth position on a day-to-day basis. This happens regardless of whether the port authority eventually controls the standard berthing windows or approves individual berth positions, which is more of a formality than an operational acting role. This scenario is also applicable to the port authority that owns and controls the terminal, but where the internal roles are somehow separate.

  VTMIS & Aids to Navigation (ATON), Waterfront and Marina


Tecnoport2025: Building the IoT-Connected Future in the Port of Seville

  PTI Edition 76 - Cyber Risk & Security

The Port of Seville is the only inland seaport in Spain. It is a core port within the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), being part of the Mediterranean Corridor. It is located on the 80 kilometre Guadalquivir EuroWay waterway that runs from Seville to the coast and forms part of the TEN-T. But the Port of Seville is also an important logistics hub that serves a population of over one million people, maintaining a dominant position in certain logistic corridors, especially in the Madrid-Seville-Canary Islands corridor. Being an inland port facilitates cargo access to the city of Seville and the surrounding area, but it also introduces some major problems related to the navigability in the estuary, as the shallow depth of the waterway limits the size of vessls calling at the port.

  Automation and Optimisation, Port Focus


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


Port of Long Beach: The Evolving Quest for Efficiency

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

The Port of Long Beach is investing US$4 billion this decade to upgrade infrastructure, modernize terminals and optimize rail capacity.

  Automation and Optimisation


Pakistan’s High-tech Port of Call

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

International observers of Pakistan often perceive the country in terms of its challenges; and, indeed, there are many. South Asia's second-largest economy is ranked 144th in the World Bank’s Doing Business index and faces a host of pressing issues, from flare-ups of insecurity, to power supply disruptions, to a shortage of financing options in underdeveloped regions.

  Global Terminal Operators


Latin American & Caribbean Port Markets

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

In general, Latin America and Caribbean ports and trade are still recovering from several years of weak performance, particularly with exports from the region.

  Port Focus, Terminal Logistics


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



Port Governance in China: An Integrated Orientation

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Recent Chinese policy evolution and directions on port governance have managerial implications for Chinese ports, local port groups and port bureaus. Three main principles underpin these policies: an increased focus on port integration and cooperation, a strong orientation towards hinterland development, and the opening-up of the Chinese port sector to both accepting investment from and investing in foreign entities.

  Global Terminal Operators, Port Focus


Shanghai Port: Yangtze Growth Strategy

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

The Port of Shanghai is located in one of China's most economically developed cities, situated at the middle of the 18,000 kilometre-long Chinese coastline, where the Yangtze River flows into the sea. As the direct hinterland of the Port of Shanghai, the Yangtze Economic Zone contributes more than 40% of the GDP of China, as well as 25% of the nation’s total import and export cargos.

  Port Focus


Research Paper: Automation and Electric Drives

  Edition Online

In recent years there has been moderate annual growth in global container handling volumes – reaching around 700 million TEU in 2017. Meanwhile, the capacity of the world container vessel fleet has increased considerably to over 20 million TEU. Because of this, shipping lines are increasingly operating in global alliances, giving them scope to optimize their services and increase their buying power.

  Automation and Optimisation


Natural Disaster Risk: Geospatial Assessments for Resilient Infrastructure

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Natural disasters, such as coastal hurricanes and rainfall flooding, can create major impacts on marine transportation. Ports and port cities will also be increasingly threatened by tsunami and climate-related sea level rise (SLR) by year 2100.

  Environment, Health & Safety, Port Focus, Supply Chain, Terminal Logistics



Automation and Electric Drives

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Shipping lines are also increasingly operating in global alliances, giving them scope to optimize their services and increase their buying power. For container terminals this has resulted in noticeable reductions in handling rates, larger operational peaks and more idle time in waterside operations.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Environment, Health & Safety


Blockchain Technology for Ports

  Edition Online

This paper examines the suitability of blockchain and blockchain-based distributed ledger technology (DLT) to the port, harbour, and terminal industries. DLT has the potential to drastically change the world of asset transfer, asset movements and security of data movement

  Automation and Optimisation, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Research Paper: Gamification Reshapes the Global Economy

  Edition Online

Gamification can be seen as a new element in the technological revolution that can change the way people interact with technology and the way technology gets integrated with the current needs of the global economy and society

  Automation and Optimisation, Port & Maritime Training, Emulation Training, Port Management Training, Simulation Training, Port Focus, Terminal Logistics