LUF does not just mean another vehicle on the waterfront arena, but a complete cargo handling system. Its basic principle is to split the horizontal move element from the other operations in the terminal, comparable to the manufacturing industry's use of pallets. So although the LUF-system is based on the I.S.O.-container standard, it can handle a variety of cargoes. There are four marine terminal applications: a) Integrated system for large and small Ro-Ro ships. b) Horizontal transportation system to portainers in a container terminal. c) Railcar handling system in a general cargo terminal. d) Handling system for general cargo. The big LUF-units will improve the efficiency at the quayside, resulting in a quicker dispatch of the ship as well as increased productivity of the existing quays and cranes. The latter is very important since these are by far the most expensive items in the port. When new port facilities are planned, expanded or new ones built, the backup area can well be 500 metres deep with the LUF-handling compared to today's normal 50 metres in a general break bulk cargo terminal. If the berthing capacity is sufficient, this gives a far lower investment to capacity ratio than usual today. The strong Ro-Ro wind will not call for any exclusive quays but ramps which generally speaking cost one-tenth per berth. The LUF-system has, on purpose, been developed in such a way that it is adaptable and interesting for small and large ports in both industrial and developing countries. It can also be utilized in small satellite ports as well as in large central ones. Various types of towing units can be used to obtain the optimal combination for each situation.

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  • Accession Number: 00172101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Business Meetings Limited
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM