Smart Port Equipment Efficiency

Container throughput increased rapidly from 36 Mio. TEU in 1980 to approximately 849 Mio TEU in 2021. Adapting to this change was an enormous task for a highly complex system such as container terminals. Since 2020, the operational challenge has become even more demanding as one disruption followed the other...

Smart port equipment is one of the high-investment areas of a port. Still, it is also the key to high productivity—automated process helps to optimise the usage rate of the equipment, enhancing manual procedures of the past.


Smart Port Infrastructure and Efficiency

Ports are a vital link in the global supply chain, and their efficiency directly impacts the flow of goods worldwide. Given the current state of the economy, it is more important than ever for ports to maximize their efficiency in order to remain competitive.

Efficiency commonly refers to the operational performance of ports and the maximization of the produced output with given resources or the production of a given output with limited possible resources. Infrastructure plays an essential part in defining smart port efficiency.

Smart Port Productivity

How to calculate berth productivity?

Ships are getting bigger and bigger. Today's most powerful vessels can carry 25.000 TEU and more. This accelerating development is triggered to reduce operating costs: more containers per trip means higher profitability.

On the other side, this trend puts pressure on terminals to perform because shipping lines need to stay on schedule to meet their customer's demands. Demurrage costs can decrease profits, and higher fuel consumption when catching-up lost time annihilates the rest.

One strategy to cope with the appearance of mega-vessels and the decreasing schedule reliability is to improve the productivity per berth.


Predictive Planning in Smart Ports

The dynamic world of predictive planning, a strategic approach that relies on AI, machine learning, and statistics to foresee future scenarios, is becoming a pivotal aspect of planning for tomorrow's container terminals. Through sophisticated algorithms, predictive planning allows these terminals to anticipate demand, optimize operations, and proactively manage potential disruptions. The result? Enhanced efficiency, performance, and sustainability. However, despite the allure of its advantages, the journey towards fully implementing predictive planning is not without hurdles. From data acquisition to privacy concerns, the challenges are as real as the potential benefits. Continue reading as we unveil the ins and outs of predictive planning and its transformative role in the future of container terminals.

Smart Port Operations and Efficiency

Port terminals are an essential part of the supply chain for many businesses, and optimizing their logistics can help to improve efficiency and reduce costs. There are a number of factors to consider when optimizing port terminal operations, including the layout of the terminal, the location of critical facilities, the handling equipment, the management of vessels, and the storage and movement of containers within the terminal.


Smart Port: Operations reliability

Operational reliability is essential for container terminals. In an environment where even a minor disruption can cause significant delays and troubles, terminal operators must do everything they can to ensure that their operations run smoothly.

One way to improve operational reliability is by making use of information technology. IT can be used in several ways to automate processes, track data, and manage maintenance, all of which can help improve the overall reliability of container terminal operations.


Smart Port: Is Automation right for you?

Port terminal automation is a hot topic in the logistics and transportation industries. Automating port terminals has many potential benefits, including increased efficiency and productivity, reduced costs, and improved safety.

However, there are also potential drawbacks, such as the need for significant investment upfront and the possibility of job losses. Overall, whether or not to automate a port terminal depends on various factors and must be made case-by-case basis.

This blog post will explore the pros and cons of smart ports in greater detail.


Smart Port: Position Detection Systems

A Position Detection System (PDS) is an essential tool for port operators who need to track containers and maintain an accurate inventory of containers.

In this article we explain why and how to choose a PDS to meet your port's specific needs.


Container Handling and Port Automation

It’s no secret that container handling and port automation are vital to ensuring the smooth running of shipping operations in today’s economy. As a container terminal manager, you know just how complex managing these processes can be, especially with constantly evolving technology and transportation networks. That being said, it doesn't have to be an overwhelming process! With proper planning and implementation strategies in place, you can ensure efficient container handling at your port while staying on top of any potential risks. In this blog post, Julian Galvis will go over technologies that will make tasks easier for you when it comes to automating necessary procedures.


Smart Port and Predictive Maintenance

Maintenance is an integral aspect of port technology, safeguarding the reliability and safety of equipment and infrastructure. However, the traditional reactive and preventive maintenance models are no longer sufficient in an age of digital transformation and escalating operational costs. Today, the focus is shifting towards predictive maintenance – a groundbreaking approach that could significantly optimize maritime operations.

Smart Port Technology

Smart Port Technology: Implementing PDS

Smart ports offer numerous advantages including cost savings, increased safety and security, improved environmental performance, streamlined processes and better customer service. They can help reduce time spent at dock by optimizing traffic flow, simplify vessel management through automated reporting systems and provide real-time data on vessel movements, cargo status and more.

The rapid growth and transformation of the global shipping industry in recent years have created a great need for efficient, innovative port infrastructure. Smart ports are designed to meet this need by leveraging the latest technologies, such as PDS, to improve performance and optimize operations. In this blog post we will explore how Position Detection Systems are helping to drive innovation and efficiency in smart ports around the world and how to implement them.


Smart Port Technology: Shock Management

In today's interconnected world, container shipping plays a pivotal role in global trade. Billions of tons of goods are transported across oceans each year, nestled within steel containers. However, a pressing issue lies beneath this efficient logistical network: damaged containers. This blog post delves into the worldwide extent of the problem, investigates the root causes of damaged containers, sheds light on unreported incidents in ports, and presents potential solutions to mitigate the issue.


Smart Port: Container Handling in the Yard

It is no surprise that container terminals are the backbone of global commerce. Container terminals within ports handle most global containerized trade, offering container storage yards, cranes, and other handling equipment. These facilities ensure the smooth flow of goods, reducing transit times and enhancing overall supply chain efficiency.

In this article, we discuss how container terminals facilitate complex container handling and how semi-automation is made possible by essential technologies for container handover and container inventory.


Smart Port: Terminal Operations Transformed

In the complex world of container terminal operations, there lies a pivotal force often unseen yet profoundly impactful - workforce planning. Balancing human resources with operational demands is no simple task, especially in an industry marked by constant evolution and intense competition. We turn the spotlight onto this critical process, unravelling its many nuances and challenges and, most importantly, highlighting the transformative role of information technology. We delve into how IT, in the form of advanced planning software, is revolutionizing workforce planning, solving age-old operational challenges, and paving the way for a new era of efficiency and productivity.


Smart Port: Container Handling

Welcome to the dynamic world of international trade, where the journey of a container through a bustling terminal is like a captivating dance of efficiency and coordination. Join us on the adventure of a blue 20-foot container as it makes its way onto a vessel and manoeuvres through the intricate web of container handling equipment (CHE), storage yards, and external trucks.


Smart Port: CHE Operator

A container handling equipment (CHE) operator, also known as a stevedore or dockworker, is the backbone of global shipping and logistics. International trade is efficient and effective because of their work, though it's often challenging and physically demanding. In this article, we talk about their daily responsibilities, skills needed, safety considerations, and the exciting things they do.


Smart Port: Yard Operations

When it comes to smooth container terminal yard operations, the most crucial question is: where is the container? Nobody wants to play "Where's Waldo?" in a yard with tens of thousands of containers in areas measuring square kilometres. But how and why do containers get lost in the first place, and what can be done about it? 


Smart Port - Sustainable Port

Even though sustainable behaviour is more than just reducing emissions, reducing or preventing greenhouse gases is usually the first thing that comes to mind when the keyword "sustainability" is mentioned. And rightly so, because if we fail to stop global warming, all other efforts to increase sustainability will be in vain.

Often, one's potential to contribute is underestimated. But on the one hand, many pennies make a dollar; on the other hand, it is in many cases not just single pennies that can be made, but many hard dollars. Let's examine what automation can do for the environment AND your budget.


Automation and PDS

Ports are a vital part of the global supply chain, handling a tremendous amount of trade every day. In order to keep up with demand, ports must operate efficiently and safely. A position detection system can help automate the container handling process, making it safer and more efficient.

A position detection system can be used to automate the process of container handling at ports. This helps improve operational efficiency and reduce the risk of delays and accidents.

In this extended post we describe the benefits of and the need for position detection systems (PDS) when automating a container terminal.


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