JOC.com provides the latest news about container terminal operators worldwide, including details of their ongoing projects and upcoming plans, and their initiatives for adopting various new technologies that speed up handling of mega-ship calls without incurring the higher upfront investment costs. According to Lloyd's List, the top ten port terminal operators are Cosco Shipping, Hutchison Port, PSA International, DP World, China Merchant Port Holdings, APM Terminals, Yilport Holding, Shanghai International Port Group, International Container Terminal Services, and Terminal Investment Ltd.
Examples of innovative terminal projects include:
n APM’s pilot project on a 100-acre parcel at its Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles, which will be the first in North America to use autonomous (unmanned) straddle carriers, in order to lower upfront costs because they don’t require extensive modifications to existing terminals. These ‘auto-strads’ can operate on existing terminals, and will therefore be more scalable than other automated terminals, which must be reconfigured with tracks for automated stacking cranes and sensors for automated guided vehicles.
n The TraPac terminal in Los Angeles and the Long Beach Container Terminal’s automated facility, known as Middle Harbor. The automated guided vehicles at Middle Harbor and the automated straddle carriers at TraPac are driverless.
n Semi-automated operations in the ports of New York-New Jersey and Norfolk, which feature automated stacking cranes in the container yards but maintain dozens of longshore jobs driving yard tractors.