Port Equipment and Technology

Rudy Negenborn, Dingena Schott, Francesco Corman

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The economic relevance of ports is related to the flows of goods they can handle and move, and it is strongly related to economic development. Due to trends in increasing port size, the effect of port size on economies of scale, and the tendency to bundle demand and operations into very large ports, port equipment and its management is becoming crucial for a port's efficiency.

This article reviews the equipment and technology used at ports, with a major focus on containerized and dry bulk transport. An outlook over the future of port equipment points out their efficient management, with a clear trend for increasing support from information–communication technology and automation. This happens at the level of individual machines, as well as at the level of stakeholders (community systems). Via the intelligent interaction of technology and equipment in a coherent integrated system, efficient inter- and intraterminal operations can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering
EditorsJohn Carlton, Paul Jukes, Choo Yoo Sang
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-47640-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-47635-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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