Kalmar’s President has stated that the lack of global commercial standards for terminal automation is holding back the entire container shipping industry in his Port 2060 blog post.
Antti Kaunonen (pictured below) has identified two challenges that are being caused by each deployment being “more or less unique”, based on an interpretation of local regulations in addition to the specific needs of the terminal. Kaunonen stated: “Firstly, since each installation is largely custom-built, it hasn’t been possible to reuse proven solutions and benefit from economies of scale. “Secondly, as each solution requires a separate development process, it has taken longer to reach optimum performance for the automated terminal.”
Kaunonen has suggested that the industry needs to think of creating an infrastructure in which the entire automated system operates as a seamlessly integrated whole. To push our industry effectively to the next level, Kaunonen wants to see a “copy with pride” approach with existing proven solutions with global industry standards. He added: “It must be a joint effort and the end users should be active in this development too.
“I call for similar cooperation to our industry that has been accomplished in the airline industry to define their own requirements to suppliers.”
In a previous blog post, Frank Kho, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Strategy and Development at Kalmar, stated that “uberisation” will have a significant impact on truck transportation in the container shipping industry.
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- ^ In a previous blog post, Frank Kho, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Strategy and Development at Kalmar, stated that “uberisation” will have a significant impact on truck transportation in the container shipping industry (www.porttechnology.org)
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Swedish real estate company Castellum has broken ground on a facility available at the new Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park.
Castellum on June 9, 2017 held a groundbreaking ceremony prior to starting construction on the new logistics facility. Castellum is building purely on speculation and is looking for tenants for the facility. Its new facility will have a total floor space of 26,000 square metres, will be environmentally certified, and will be constructed with rooftop solar panels in mind.
It marks the first phase in Castellum’s investment at the Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park. Currently under development, the Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park is located just 10 minutes from the quayside. Of the 127,000 square metres of land, around 60,000 are currently slated for construction.
Apart from Gothenburg Port Authority – which owns the largest parcel of land – Bockasj?, Eklandia, NCC and Prologis are also developing properties in the park. Around half of the one million square metres of land will be transformed into warehousing space. Stefan Vilhelmsson,Lletting Manager for Castellum said: “This is a prime location beside the largest port in Scandinavia and we are confident about building without having a tenant lined up.
“We are constructing an adaptable, ultramodern logistics facility that can be divided into smaller units, ranging from 6,000 square metres upwards.
Our offer is flexible and there’s the opportunity to adapt the space based on the needs of each tenant.”
Zeebrugge Port in Belgium has launched an LNG bunkering ship that combines cargo unloading and Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering, becoming the first port to offer a regular Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering service.
LNG bunker ship Engie Zeebrugge fuelled two vessels owned by a NYK Line’s Norwegian subsidiary, United European Car Carriers (UECC). A purpose-built LNG bunkering ship will likely be a boon to the LNG fuel market, as most LNG bunkering is done using LNG trucks based on the shore and cannot be done at the same time as cargo unloading operations, burdening efficiency. Fuelling operations were undertaken by Gas4Sea, a company offering Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering services at Zeebruggee and other ports in Northern Europe.
The company is a venture of Japanese liner NYK Line, French gas utility Engie, and Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation.
Engie Zeebrugge is jointly owned by Belgian gas grid operator Fluxys and the Gas 4 Sea venture partners.
Gas4Sea builds on a partnership set up in 2014 to create LNG bunkering services by combining NYK’s shipping know how with Engie and Mitsubishi Corporation’s LNG supply portfolio.
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