The resilience of container traffic provides terminal operators a strong foundation for planning for the future. There are various ways existing terminals can upgrade their operations to meet the requirements of shipping lines and shippers in the years to come.
The key question for terminals, especially for those built 10-20 years ago is: How to remain relevant in the future? How to ensure that the investment already made will deliver the performance and capacity that is expected by the customers over the years to come?
Most terminals of today can have a long life provided that timely upgrades in equipment and systems are made. There are several strategies to consider.
- Expansion by adding new section to the terminal, with a modern handling concept and equipment
- Reequipment of the existing yard by deploying the most efficient handling concept that can be introduced in the running operation within the current footprint
- Revamping existing cranes with new equipment and systems, automation and remote control
- Retrofitting with the latest revisions of functions and equipment to existing automated cranes.
Deploying the right strategy will significantly increase capacity by acre.