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Read about the docking and mooring challenges facing today’s port environments and get insights from industry experts Dr Terry O'Brien, founder & executive director, OMC International, and Alec Don, former chairman of the British Ports Association and former chief executive of Milford Haven Port Authority.
Chapter 1: Finding the Right Balance
How ports around the world are managing the impact of bigger vessels and demanding environmental conditions on their operations.
Today’s ports face a difficult balancing act. They need to offer a safe and reliable service to shipping lines while optimizing vessel throughput and providing efficient transfer and discharge operations. Maintaining this equilibrium ensures that revenues are secured and risk is minimized. Trelleborg’s conversations with industry experts reveal some of the biggest challenges to achieving this are around size.
Chapter 2: ‘To Invest or not to Invest’
The growing use of maritime data to determine investment decisions and efficient use of capital.
Balancing the efficient servicing of existing port business while building up infrastructure that can accommodate the rapidly changing nature of the shipping industry remains a major challenge for today’s ports. This evolution is impacting docking and mooring investment decisions and shaping the ports of the future.
Chapter 3: The Automation Effect
How ports are already using automation to extend their window of operationality.
Technology is now firmly identified as a key differentiating factor in enabling ports to operate as efficiently as possible and to enable them to move to the next level of performance. ‘Big Data’ is a well-understood term, but it’s also about ‘Thin Data’ – connecting the most critical data points together across port operations to allow truly actionable and effective insights to be derived. Think of it as the Team INEOUS approach to improving Docking and Mooring, it’s not one big thing that will enhance operational performance but the sum of lots of incremental improvements.
At a Glance
Our key findings
Today’s ports need to offer a safe and reliable service to shipping lines while optimizing vessel throughput and providing efficient transfer and discharge operations.
Ports are now faced with how to future-proof their infrastructure to handle even bigger vessels and offer enhanced product handling capability.
Technology is now firmly identified as a key differentiating factor in enabling ports to operate as efficiently as possible and to enable them to move to the next level of performance.
Bigger vessels, bigger environmental challenges and existing infrastructure cannot – in the short and medium term – transform quickly enough to keep up with the changing port environment.
Using data-enabled docking and mooring equipment gives port operators and owners a comprehensive understanding of performance and operational optimization opportunities to enable safer, more efficient and sustainable cargo transfer.
In today’s changing landscape, automated docking and mooring systems are an important part of delivering revenue while enhancing safety to mitigate risk.
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