Container Terminal Automation System
Container Terminal Automation System have provided new and better ways to control Ports and Terminals. The gradual shift towards automation in all processes and operations in ports resulted in significant changes in the way maritime trade is conducted.
Today we look at the pros and cons of Port Automation for maritime trade, its impact and the future Hump of these smart ports.
Automate basic port principles
Port Automation can be defined as the use of integrated technologies to develop intelligent solutions to effectively monitor port and trade flows, increase port capacity and port efficiency.
Smart ports (or automated ports) typically provide cloud-based software to create an operational flow that enables ports to run smoothly. Most doors in the world today have a degree of technology integration, if not fully managed. However, the number of smart ports is increasing due to global government initiatives and the exponential growth of maritime trade.
The German port of Hamburg is one of those smart ports that uses cloud-based solutions for energy management, air traffic control, infrastructure facilities and port properties for efficient port activities.
The scope of port automation
The evolution of Port automation extends different paths. These include material download and cargo handling equipment, digitization of ship administrations, inventory management, construction of the necessary infrastructure, assistance in the ship’s dock and maintenance, etc.
Automation of the Port Gate:
A gate door is an important checkpoint for identifying and registering an entity entering or issuing a port. Additional security checks, verification, customs, immigration and quarantine are also included for ships. These are important tasks needed to protect port integrity and require strict security measures.
Cranes on land:
When a ship delivers cargo ashore, IOT logistics management is used for airtime. Manned and unmanned cranes are widely used for unloading.
Stacks and inventory:
Once the goods are unloaded in the port, the robot must board. The stock is usually managed by departure dates in the interior. Because the containers are shipped for further transport, the robots are relocated to take them to the designated station and prepare for the upcoming route.