Terminal Design: containers, breakbulk, general cargo

Reduce cost by implementing the best design – for both layout and equipment-, based on numbers. Get the constraints right, from the beginning on!

Terminal design is typically based on criteria such as vessel schedules, call pattern, quay crane performance, yard area, intermodal connections… During the design process we take into account these parameters, always keeping a close eye on the balance between performance and cost.

While designing a terminal you do not only wish to define  the layout but also the constraints of your terminal. Identifying the constraints and their consequences is a very important step in the design process. Together with you, we will base  our decisions on rock-solid scientific studies, simulations and expertise  gathered worldwide.

Smart planning based on proven simulation models gives an insight into the capacity and performance of your terminal. Reliable models will show bottle necks before the terminal is actually built and allow to fix the concept before money is actually spend on civil works.

The design process will result in a detailed layout and definition of numbers and types– manned or automated – of container handling equipment required to efficiently handle the expected volume and to be able to cope with peak situations.

The same approach also works for transition projects. If you want to  replace  for instance your straddle carriers with RTGs, our simulations will give you an insight in the evolution of the performance and throughput during the different  transition stages. The simulations will also offer an insight into the operational results during each step of the transition project and will help to identify any bottle neck, make the necessary adjustments and ensuring a smooth transition planning.

Deliverables consist typically of hands-on  advice based on  static simulation  results, dynamic simulation studies, CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) and OPEX (Operational Expenditure) studies, definition of types and numbers of quay cranes and container handling equipment, throughput forecasts, stack utilisation… Optional 3D simulation movies can be supplied to further document our findings.



“ Know the design constraints before building!”

“Base your decisions on rock-solid and scientific studies and simulations before you approve layout and processes.”


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