In most existing container terminals, handling equipment is largely manually operated, and the function of computer information and control systems is effective information gathering, evaluation, transmittal and display. Small use to-date, has been made of information in the direct on-line control of terminal equipment. In the near future, however, automation will be increasingly used for such operations and, in order to ensure that manual and complex automated technological systems are integrated into a co-ordinated network of terminal activities which will operate at optimum efficiency and economy, the question of implementation and the degree of use of a formal Container Terminal Management Information System (CTMIS) becomes more important. In this article, Ernst G Frankel of E G. Frankel Inc Port Engineers and Transportation Consultants, and Diomedes Liu, vice-president of JET Technical Services Inc, outline the objectives, functions and performance requirements of container terminal management information systems under conditions of rapidly changing terminal technology and user needs. The main purpose of a Container Terminal Management Information System (CTMIS) is to provide a flow of information which facilitates the timely planning and control of container terminal operations. To achieve this goal, the functional relationships between all physical and operational factors must be established and the interface between terminal operations and user requirements, including interacting external operations, must be determined.

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  • Accession Number: 00316329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM