Port Technology of the Future

New port technology is essential to maintaining economic growth and competitiveness. Developing new methods and technologies for ports has become an entirely separate economic activity. Until recently there was very little competition between ports and port related costs were relatively insignificant in comparison to the high cost of ocean and inland transport. There was little incentive to improve port efficiency and effectiveness. Most ports are competing with one another on a global scale and this has led the drive to improve port efficiency, lower cargo handling costs and integrate port services with other sectors of the global distribution network with regard to lowering emissions, safety and security. The maritime sector has considerable influence on the volumes and conditions of trade and the capacity for economic development. Developing new practices and technologies for ports has become vital for maintaining growth and generating trade. New port technology and capital investment in infrastructure is essential to maintaining economic growth and competitiveness. Global competition, intelligent transport systems (ITS) and communication technologies are continuously modifying the environment. The future is bringing increasing demands for greater efficiency and for more sustainable designs in cargo handling technologies. Moreover, the scarcity of land is forcing port companies to realize higher area utilization. Terminal operators have the same objectives but they are also looking for cost reduction through decreased life cycle costs, energy consumption, maintenance etc. This is forcing terminal operators to invest in more sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost effective cargo handling equipment. The challenge is how to balance service requirements, costs and demand for sustainability. Ports play a vital role in economic growth by attracting and generating trade. A port that is not able to cope with rapidly advancing technologies will not be in a position to foster the development of the trade sector. Therefore the development of new cargo handling technology is of paramount importance if a port is to succeed in implementing its economic role. The main problem in handling increasing levels of cargo is managing the internal traffic and optimizing space inside smaller and medium sized ports. A new generation of cargo handling technology has been designed in the form of an Intelligent Autonomous Vehicle (IAV). The IAV is a clean, safe, intelligent vehicle which will contribute to improving the traffic management and space optimization inside confined space by developing a clean, safe and intelligent intermodal transport system.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 289-296
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2012: Transport Logistics for Sustainable Growth at a New Level

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  • Accession Number: 01484606
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677578
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2013 2:41PM