Container vessels have been getting progressively larger, to the point of 23,000 TEU. Whilst this may generate economies of scale for the carriers (although this is debatable), it puts a huge strain on Terminals and the infrastructure that is needed to work these vessels.
Until now, as vessels have grown in size, the answer has been to build Quay Cranes that are ever larger, with further outreach capabilities, to cope with the increase in vessel size.
When it comes to Liner Shipping, a reasonable rule of thumb would be that, technologically speaking, they are about two decades behind the rest of the world. That said, many of them are waking up to this fact and embarking on digital transformation plans that they hope will give them a desperately needed edge over the competition.
Unfortunately, there is a common mis-conception, within the shipping industry, that technology is some kind of “magic bullet” that will solve all of their problems. It...