Mega Ports

With the ever-increasing trade volumes on major sea routes, the drive towards reduction in operating costs of vessels by shipping companies and optimization of economy of scale for

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Greener Vessels

Environmental reports have established that the global shipping industry contributes about 3% of world’s total carbon emissions. Projections estimated that this would gradually increase by 150 to 250% in the next 40 years.

With the awakening of the world’s consciousness to the idea of reducing greenhouse gas emission and the focus on the maritime industry, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is not leaving any stone un-turned in order to ensure that major players within the industry implement strict policies that are created to cut the emission level of greenhouse gases.

Compared to the other means of transportation, the maritime industry might be categorized as a latecomer to global environmental cleanup initiative. The industry has seen the drive towards “Green Vessels” with the introduction of Eco-friendly technologies in newer ship designs. These “Greener Vessels”, would pioneer the drive of the industry towards a greener future, safe and environmental friendly shipping process in the nearest future.

One of the major charting policy being monitored by the IMO is full compliance to global cap of 0.50 per cent on the total volume of sulfur in maritime fuel. The current cap is 3.50 per cent.The body has set Jan. 1, 2020 as the date of commencement of the enforcement regime.

Autonomous Vessels

Autonomous vessels are the next generation of hi-tech automated vessels that would be exclusively controlled by advanced intelligent systems thus doing away with human

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Automated Terminals

Automated terminals are terminals (mostly container) in which some or all of the container handing process is carried out without direct human interaction throughout 100% of the duty cycle. As volume of trade grows, the volume of cargo being transported and handled at seaports increases.

This in turn gives rise to increase in number and size of cargo vessels. Based on these facts, it is believed that the number of container boxes that would be handled by major ports across the world would gradually increase. Despite this, there is limit to the efficiency factor that could be squeezed out of the manually driver cargo handling equipment at most of the existing container terminals.Welcome to the world of semi- or fully automated container terminals.

Most large container ports are already struggling with traffic congestion that are increasing the landing cost of container shipment for the shippers as well as delaying ships at the berth for longer period.  The most practical solution to solve these problems is the introduction of automated container handling system. This promises to halve the former processing time of containers handling through the manual process.Under this method, an automated crane can handle optimum containers move per hour and sustain it without fatigue throughout the day.

This is in sharp contrast to the traditional system, where a human driver controls each element in the process chain.In order to have an efficient automated system, the following modules must be fully implemented:Ship-To-Shore (STS) Cranes, Automatic Stacking Cranes, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Container Identification System, Automated Integration of all terminal equipment.

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Green Container Carriers

In September 2020, CMA CGM, a French Container Carrier Company (and the fourth largest in the world by capacity) set the record of being the first container carrier company to build and launch a mega container carrier. The company launched the largest LNG-powered container vessel in the world, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade. The Jacques Saade has a capacity of 23,000 TEU containers. In addition to it, CGM CMA has ordered another eight number of these Ultra Large Container Carriers (ULCC), with the same configuration as the Jacques Saade. These are meant to be operational by 2022.
The company took this initiative in order align with the global drive towards a greener earth.