Equipment

Not Your Father’s Cranes and Equipment

Revolutionary Strides Being Made with Cranes, Conveyors and Equipment Options for Ports Equating to Drastic Changes in Operations and AestheticsBy Lori Musser One of the few constants in the dynamic field of seaport operations is that cargo must move between ships and other modes. But the cranes, conveyors and other equipment that shift cargo from ship to shore-based mode of ...

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Bringing Projects to Life

To grow, seaports have to selectively invest and update. But they can’t do it alone. They call on firms – ranging from global EPCs to small niche contractors – that specialize in helping bring port capital projects to fruition. * By Lori Musser * To grow, seaports have to selectively invest and update. Whether ports are deepening waterways, building capacity, ...

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INTERMODAL UPDATE – CARGO HANDLING: Faster, Safer, Cleaner and Smarter Handling Options

As yard equipment and cranes that are more efficient, cleaner, safer and more inter-connected come into service, seaport workforces must be ready too. Labor is upgrading skill sets to keep pace with rapid advancements in technology. * By Lori Musser * Cargo handling equipment developments are bringing greater productivity, velocity, safety and even emissions reductions to ports. While automation projects ...

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INTERMODAL UPDATE – SHIPS: Larger Ships Mean Big Changes for U.S. Ports

Changes in ship sizes, especially the differences in sizes, are requiring ports to consistently update the way in which these ships are received and processed and the infrastructure needed to do so. * By Mary Lou Jay * Over the past two decades, the largest vessels in the world’s shipping fleet have more than doubled in size. In 2005, the ...

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INTERMODAL UPDATE – TRAINS: On-Dock Rail and Short Lines Are Critical

Infrastructure updates continue to change the Western Hemisphere railroad map as well as the scope and scale of train services. In addition, business deals, investments, personnel changes and technology are changing the outlook for train service. * By Bridget Gorman Wendling * Ports are the hubs for the ships, barges, trains and trucks that keep freight moving and advance national and ...

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INTERMODAL UPDATE – TRUCKS: New Fueling Options Poised to Transform Trucking

Autonomy, ELD mandates and driver shortages are making headlines, but it is the rising number of fueling options that might have the biggest effect on ports and their relationships with the trucking industry. * By Sandy Smith * The trucking industry is experiencing some monumental changes – and more are expected in the near future. Autonomous vehicle technology, electronic logging ...

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SUPER-lative Snapshots

Some ports and companies are taking superlatives to a new level. Inspiring and intriguing, it isn’t hard to imagine how they caught our eye as some of the cleanest, largest, grandest, fastest, handiest, deepest and busiest operations around. These information-packed snapshots show how changes in technology and transportation are fueling powerful, attention-grabbing stories and ideas at ports around the world. ...

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Preparing for Growth Through Multiple Modes

Ports are continually increasing and improving their intermodal and multimodal capacities and connections to prepare for the increases in freight traffic predicted. By Mary Lou Jay  The U.S. Department of Transportation predicts that the country’s freight traffic will increase by 45 percent by 2045. In anticipation of that growth, U.S. ports are continually increasing and improving their intermodal and multimodal ...

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GUEST ARTICLE: Tomorrow’s Leaders Need More Than On-the-Job Training

The port industry understands it can’t continue to depend on on-the-job training alone to prepare the next generation of leaders for the significant responsibilities they will assume. By Erik Stromberg, Lamar University Generations of port industry leaders have bemoaned the fact that the only way to learn how to manage a port was to manage a port. However, on-the-job training ...

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Thinking Outside the Box: Productivity at Non-Container Ports

Thinking Outside the Box: Productivity at Non-Container Ports By Meredith Martino TEUs. It’s hard to have a discussion about port productivity without using the word. The short-hand description of containerized cargo is one of the measurements that denotes the size of a vessel or the cargo throughput of a port. Cross TEUs with time, and the metric becomes the default description ...

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