With the paradigm shift of ports’ role from port terminal operators since 2000 to trade service providers in the near future, new challenges have arisen with liner operators demanding mega berths for their ultra-large container vessels and better terminal consolidation as service requirements become more diverse and complex. Container terminals are facing pressures to improve cargo handling and vessel turnaround times while maintaining a competitive edge in order to be profitable.
To meet these challenges, terminal operators have to maximize their resources and invest in new technologies to improve container handling and operational efficiency. In addition, they have to explore emerging technologies to be well-positioned for the future. This article examines the various emerging technologies that are applicable to the port terminals.
Autonomous Truck Platooning for Container Transportation
Truck Platooning is the linking of a number of trucks in convoy and this is made possible by using a combination of different technologies. Equipped with radar, camera and GPS technology, the trucks know their precise location and are able to maintain a set close distance from one another.