PLANNING AND OPERATIONS OF CONTAINER TERMINALS

This paper presents the logical steps necessary to simulate the operations at a container terminal in the interchange of cargo units from the water based transportation system to the land based transportation system. By a thorough procedural study of all the simultaneous activities likely to occur; the size, shape and operating constraints of a container terminal are determined. An illustrative example of a container terminal is used to demonstrate the concept of functional analysis design. The accuracy of the analysis relies heavily on operational data, equipment and labor productivity, and administrative procedures; which play a crucial role in arriving at a workable concept. Each cycle of the movement of a container within and in and out of the terminal is evaluated. The special relationships of all the components of the terminal which include the entry complex, consolidation shed, marshalling yard, the number of cranes, etc. are closely correlated. After becoming operational, terminals have been known to develop weak links and bottlenecks in the flow of cargo. The impact of charges from the original concept in administrative procedures and staffing, expansion of traffic changes in the type of cargo handled or underestimating of the container terminal plan are discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at 7th International Harbor Conference, Antwerp, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    225 Park Avenue South, 18th Floor
    New York, NY  United States  10003-1604
  • Authors:
    • de Picciotto, M
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Pagination: 14 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00331945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM