TERMINAL LAYOUT PLANNING
HPMport develop the right solutions for your container terminal from any initial situation, whether it is a project on a “greenfield” site or the extension of an existing facility. We support our clients in layout planning, choosing the appropriate technology as well as determining the right level of automation. The basis for the planning and the selection of systems are the refined requirements from the master plan. If necessary, we also use planning-support tools such as 3D-visualisation and simulation in order to develop the optimum terminal layout.
Container terminal on a greenfield
Flexible concepts. The goal is to enable terminal operators to react quickly to changes in customer requirements. In many cases it is difficult to predict the capacity requirements and their increase during the ramp-up phase. The volatile market development during the usual planning and implementation phases, which last several years, requires special attention to low operational costs for small handling volumes, as well as the option of a quick expansion in order to increase capacity.
The essential points of terminal layout planning are the design of the areas for storage, handling and transport to ensure efficient terminal logistics. This applies to manually controlled handling as well as automated or partially-automated terminal operations. When it comes to the terminal layout, other functional areas such as office buildings, parking areas or the workshop as well as the connection from the container terminal to the public infrastructure are taken into account. The requirements concerning logistics and profitability are significant determinants of the terminal layout.
Together with other experts from our network we can offer entire planning processes from engineering up to approval, if necessary.
Expansion and automation of existing terminals
When expanding, it is usually necessary to implement the project during ongoing operations. This creates special challenges for the project team, the operational staff and of course for the suppliers, in order to achieve a viable and timely implementation without disruption of daily operations. However, there are also technological obstacles to be dealt with in order to combine existing and state-of-the-art technology in the operation, or to replace the old technology with the new one.
Targeted automation as well as the redesign and adaption of terminal layout create additional capacity while increasing performance and reducing operational costs. The implementation of an automation project does not only require the planning and adaptation of technical systems and operational processes for automated operation. Automation projects also result in tasks for change management to inform and involve the employees. Automation requires a solid organisational framework and acceptance among users of the technology.