(Mike King – Lloyd’s Loading List)
The largest container vessels will continue to spend longer in port until terminals operators are incentivised to make a ‘game-changing’ break from traditional handling models, according to research by Drewry.
The study found that port operators currently lacked incentives to catch up with vessel advances by boosting productivity. The analyst said deploying more cranes per ship had limits because vessels were not getting proportionately longer, traditional gantry cranes could not work too closely together and increasing the moves per hour per crane often created landside congestion in terms of feeding the cranes with boxes sufficiently quickly.
Maersk Line’s CEO Soren Skou recently complained that the largest ships on the Asia-Europe trade now spent some 18 days in port compared to 12. He called for a similar leap in port productivity to that achieved by airports with ‘double-decker jetways’ developed for handling passengers on the world’s largest passenger airliner, the Airbus A380. Click here to read more.