Automation 2020

Perceptions, challenges and opportunities for Container Terminal Automation.



Navis Customer Statistic

Container Terminal Automation

94% of surveyed IT organizations said it will be important for terminals to automate to stay competitive in the next 3 to 5 years.

94%

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Importance of Container Terminal Automation

How important will it be for terminals to automate (full automation, equipment automation or process automation) to stay competitive in the next 3 to 5 years?

Extremely important: 24%
Very important: 46%
Important: 24%
Not very important: 6%

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What is the annual throughput at your terminal (or projected throughput if new terminal)?

Under 250,000 TEUs: 12%
250,001 to 500,000 TEUs: 20%
500,001 to 1 million TEUs: 14%
1-2 million TEUs: 16%
2-4 million TEUs: 30%
Over 4 million TEUs: 8%

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What container handling equipment do you use on your terminal?

Manned Trucks
74%
Manned RTGs
60%
Top handlers or reach stackers
60%
Manned Rail Cranes
30%
Automated RMGs/Automated Stacking Cranes
18%
Manned Straddle Carriers
16%
Manned Shuttle Carriers
12%
Manned RMGs
12%
Automated Guided Vehicles
6%
Automated Straddle Carriers
4%
Automated Shuttle Carriers
4%
Automated Rail Cranes
4%
Automated RTGs
2%

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Describe your terminal.

Brownfield terminal with plans for equipment automation: 34%
Brownfield terminal with some level of equipment automation: 30%
Brownfield terminal with no plans for equipment automation: 18%
New greenfield terminal with some level of equipment automation: 6%
New greenfield terminal with no plans for equipment automation: 4%
New greenfield terminal with plans for equipment automation: 2%
Other: 6%

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What plans do you have to automate your terminal? (Select all that apply)

We already have process automation at our terminal (eg, gate automation, OCR, RFID)
52%
We are investigating process automation at our terminal
52%
We are investigating retrofitting existing equipment to make it automated
36%
We are investigating buying automated equipment at our terminal
34%
We already have automated equipment at our terminal
16%
We have no plans to automate any equipment or processes at our terminal
10%

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Benefits of Container Terminal Automation

What do you view as the most important benefits to automation?

Increase operational safety
82%
Lower overall terminal operational costs
73%
Better operational control and consistency
69%
Increase operational productivity
63%
Lower labor costs
57%
Improve data quality and business intelligence
51%
Improve customer experience
39%
Lower emissions
37%
Overcome challenge of labor scarcity
20%

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Automation and Cost Reduction

By how much do you believe automation could reduce operational costs at your terminal?

More than 50%: 10%
26-50%: 32%
16-25%: 28%
6-15%: 22%
0-5%: 8%

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Automation and Operational Productivity

By how much do you believe automation could increase operational productivity at your terminal?

More than 50%: 6%
26-50%: 24%
16-25%: 40%
6-15%: 10%
0-5%: 20%

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Challenges to Implement Automation

What do you believe are the biggest challenges to implement automation at your terminal?

Cost too high
67%
Challenge with labor unions
56%
Lack skills or resources to implement and manage automation
42%
Risks too high
8%
Don’t yet see the value of automation for my terminal
2%

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94% of surveyed IT organizations said that technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are important to improve optimization at automated terminals in the next 3 to 5 years.

94%

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AI and Machine Learning at Automated Terminals

How important do you think technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will be to improve optimization at automated terminals in the next 3 to 5 years?

Extremely important: 24%
Very important: 37%
Important: 33%
Not very important: 6%

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If you were to automate your terminal, how would you prefer to approach the automation project?

I would act as system integrator myself: 29%
I would hire a system integrator: 34%
I would purchase a pre-integrated solution from a single vendor: 37%

Navis Customer Testimonial

Automation could help [our terminal to stay competitive] by increasing productivity & safety and lowering operational & maintenance costs.

Uri Regev, IT Consultant, Haifa Port

Navis Customer Testimonial

Automation could help [our terminal to stay competitive] with consistent service, lower labor and operational costs and improved profits.

Philip Lo, Manager of IT, Patrick Corporation Limited

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Automation could help [our terminal to stay competitive] with better communication to the customers, because real-time information is at hand.

Anton Vuijk, TOS Manager, RWG

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Automation could help [our terminal to stay competitive] by avoiding the issue of lack of resources and obtaining consistent operational results.

Jesmond Baldacchino, Manager of IT, Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd. - MFT