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.

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 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.

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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