How autonomous vehicles will change terminal planning

No more “either-or” for parallel vs. perpendicular layout

By Prof. Dr. Holger Schütt

Before a terminal is built, the layout must be planned with foresight and the various scenarios calculated in detail.Whether the blocks of a terminal are better arranged parallel or perpendicular to the water side depends on the respective conditions, such as the nature of the terrain, the type of cargo handling, the transhipment rate and the planned use of automated equipment. Changing the layout at a later date seems almost impossible today. The construction work required to pave the site and build the rail tracks for the rail mounted gantry cranes (RMG) is too expensive and complex.

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A Digital Twin for the EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg

The IHATEC joint project TwinSim pursues the development of a digital twin at the EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH) to visualize and optimize operations. As project partners, our terminal experts at AKQUINET are responsible for the visualizations of the terminal, the development of dashboards and simulation components. We talk to Prof. Dr. Holger Schütt, who is leading the project at AKQUINET, and his colleague Anja Jablonski, who is responsible for the technical realization and model construction of the digital terminal.

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IFORS 2021 Virtual – Digital Twin optimises container terminal handling

supply-chain-optimizer-portlogistics-blog-akquinetIFORS 2021 Virtual –  Considering the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak, the IFORS 2021 was held as a VIRTUAL CONFERENCE. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schütt explains how Digital Twin optimises container terminal handling. After a brief overview of the container terminal simulator, he takes a closer look at Digital Twin, drawing on industry standards.

 

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The economic consideration of hydrogen technology must include all factors

Oliver Jelsch describes the role akquinet port consulting GmbH plays in the “H2Cool Prelude” research project funded by European Regional Development Fund and what the company expects from its collaboration.

 

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How can hydrogen and fuel cell technology be used in truck refrigerated transport on the road? This question is currently being answered by researchers from the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, the association “H2BX – Hydrogen for the Bremerhaven Region” and our akquinet port consulting as part of the “H2Cool Prelude” project, funded by Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH (BIS). The project’s practical partners are the freight forwarders Brüssel & Maass Logistik and the Frosta frozen food group, as well as the technology company Clean Logistics, which converts existing trucks to the climate-friendly hydrogen hybrid drive.

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New “Handbook of Terminal Planning”

A conversation between Prof. Dr. Holger Schütt and Prof. Dr. Jürgen W. Böse who is professor in logistics at the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, and editor of the recently published 2nd edition of the “Handbook of Terminal Planning” 

Holger Schütt: Hello Jürgen, nice to see you again. I think the last time we met was in summer 2016. At that time, you were still working at the Technical University in Hamburg Harburg (TUHH). How did you fare since then?

Jürgen Böse: After working for 6 years at the Institute of Maritime Logistics at TUHH as chief engineer and gaining a lot of interesting experience in dealing with students and conducting maritime research projects (especially seaport logistics), I had the opportunity to take the next step professionally in the summer of 2017. I received the call for a logistics professorship at the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, accepted this call and started my teaching and research activities there in the summer term 2018, which I still enjoy doing today.

Holger Schütt: In 2008, you approached me whether I would be interested in contributing a chapter on “simulation” in a manual for terminal planning. How did you come up with the idea to publish the first version of the “Handbook of Terminal Planning”?

Jürgen Böse: Already in the early 2000s – during my doctoral studies – I was often annoyed by the fact that the search for literature sources on the topic of “Terminal Planning” very often led me to publications in the field of process optimization and thus to the algorithmic world of Operations Research (OR), where the search usually ended…

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