Technical Papers - Port Planning & Finance

Building The Largest Sea-lock at Amsterdam Port

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

At the mouth of the 27-kilometre-long North Sea Canal, or Noordzeekanaal that links Amsterdam and its port with the sea, consortium OpenIJ is building the world's largest sea lock.

  Port Planning, Design & Construction


Cartagena Container Terminal: A ‘Tailor-made’ Home Terminal

  PTI Edition 75 - Mega-Ports & Mega-Terminals

Strategically located at the entry point to the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, Cartagena Bay is home to one of the main port systems in Colombia. This is why reinforcing logistics services and upgrading infrastructure are the main goals for APM Terminals (APMT) and COMPAS in the Cartagena Container Terminal Operator (CCTO) joint venture, created in January, 2016.

  Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction


Collaborative Truck Schedules

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already transforming business and industry all over the world. By the year 2020, approximately 80 billion connected devices will be operating within the IoT

  Port Planning, Design & Construction


Robot Tax: Is There a Justification?

  PTI Edition 74 - AI & Automation

Ports have been precursors in automated processes, but could ports also lead the debate on such innovative policy responses to automation?

  Automation and Optimisation, Supply Chain


Leveraging Virtual Reality

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

The perception of automation is that robots relieve human beings from repetitive tasks and that process automation brings stability and predictable performance to a container terminal, thereby increasing safety. What we often fail to mention is that even with the implementation of automation, accidents will still occur and technology can still fail.

  Automation and Optimisation, Port & Maritime Training, Simulation Training, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Virtual Reality: The Next Evolution in Operator Training

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

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.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Port & Maritime Training, Simulation Training, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction


How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

Over the past 15 years, the ocean logistics industry experienced vast changes to business models, services and technology adoption. In 2016, the pace of technology innovation accelerated as participants sought business model optimisation.

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Mega Ship Ready, Port Planning, Design & Construction



The Digitalisation Megatrend

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

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.

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


Brexit’s Impact on Customs Regulation

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

This article looks first at the current position, and in particular the significance for businesses of the UK's membership of the customs union

  Finance


Successful Delivery of Terminal Infrastructure

  PTI Edition 73 - The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

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.

  Global Terminal Operators, Port Planning, Design & Construction


Update: Dry Bulk Terminal Capacity Planning

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

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

  Dry Bulk & Specialist Cargo Handling, Global Terminal Operators, Terminal Logistics


Automation Fails, But Can Win Big

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

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

  Automation and Optimisation, Container Handling, Container Weighing, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready, Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Update: Ports of the Future

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

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

  Port Focus, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics


Update: Automated Container Terminal Planning

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

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.

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


Update: SmartPort: Information in Your Hands

  PTI Edition 72 - The Journal of Ports & Terminals - Top 30 Technical Papers 2014-2016

In recent decades, ports have been going through a continuous transition of becoming more open to their communities. They have evolved from being civil works managers to service providers, and this transformation has led to more and more information being exchanged between the port and its environment. Thus, port authorities began to exchange information electronically with their partners, first using electronic data interchange (EDI), and later implementing port community systems (PCS). With the development of the internet, ports also started to publish information on their websites, first static data and subsequently dynamic information, creating a communication channel with its environment that is firmly consolidated. This opening up process has affected the interaction with ports’ business partners, like ship agents, terminals, shipping lines etc. and also the relationship with its local community. A vast number of ports are located in the vicinity or heart of cities. This fact has meant that the opening up of the ports has needed to respond to pressure from citizens wanting to know about the port as a part of their home city. In this spirit, a lot of port-city integration projects have been developed all around the globe.

  Port Planning, Design & Construction