AUTOMATION OF A STRADDLE-CARRIER OPERATION

Hessenatie, Antwerp's major stevedoring company, had a market share of 45% of the port's general cargo traffic in 1993. In addition, 900,000 boxes were handled at the port's various terminals. The riverside Scheldt Container Terminal (to date the only Antwerp terminal outside the locks) is the most recent facility to be built. Opened in 1990, the terminal handled 223,000 containers in the first half of 1994, using six super-Panamax gantries. This report discusses productivity at the Scheldt Terminal, automation, the Container Terminal Control System, and operational results. In conclusion, it is pointed out that cost-effective automation today is still confined to administration and planning, while automation of the physical handling of containers is to be considered only under the following conditions: cargo flow is stable over the project period; present service levels are maintained and even enhanced, particularly in unpredictable peak conditions; and the cost-efficiency of the automated terminal is increased.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 130-136
  • Monograph Title: INTERMODAL FREIGHT TERMINAL OF THE FUTURE
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723849
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 23 1996 12:00AM