AUTOMATED TERMINAL SYSTEMS

EXPERIENCE  • EXPERTISE • SCIENCE • RESULTS

IACT OVERVIEW

Take a helicopter tour of a 4-Berth Integrated Automated Container Terminal.  This baseline facility can handle more than 4 million TEUs per annum with only 2 Ship-to-Shore cranes per berth.  Note the On-Dock Rail as well as the absence of trucks, hustlers, chassis and other equipment in the Container Yards.  More detail is provided in the videos that follow.


YANGSHAN DEEP WATER PORT

This video provides a summary of the work we did for the Shanghai Port Authority on the Yangshan Deep Water Port Project  as the 1st Tier Subcontractor to Louis Berger International.  To fulfill the requirements of the Port Authority ATS was tasked to provide a design for "the most advanced Container Terminal in the world."


The video provides insight on how the building blocks of the IACT can be applied to provide purpose specific facilities such as Gates, Customs Examination Stations and Intermodal Rail while achieving  land savings and consistency of design in the process.


IACT OPERATING SYSTEM EXPALAINED

This video summarizes the principal elements of the IACT and the Operating System that controls the machines and manages the process of moving containers from point of receipt to point of delivery.



IACT OPERATING SYSTEM SIMULATION

This is a simulation of the IACT in operation with an explanation of the function of the System Optimizer.






SHIP OPERATIONS

This video focuses on the operation of the Quay Conveyor, a Bi-direrctional 2-Tier Conveyor that provides the interface to the Ship-to-Shore Crane [STS].  The Conveyor provides indexed Pick and Deck points for the STS as well as the Waterside RMGs.  Indexing combined with SmartCrane™ Anti-Sway eliminates the 'hunt and seek' sequence of the STS.  Coupled with full automation over the wharf and Operator Assist over the ship the IACT allows the STS cranes to achieve 60 to 75 moves per hour.


SHUTTLE CAR OPERATION

This video explains the use of Shuttle Cars to allow shifting of containers between berths or between hatches of the same ship.  The Shuttle Cars are also used to relocate containers rather than using the RMGs to make long Gantry moves, the least efficient of the 3 RMG motions.  In the IACT the RMGs are principally devoted to Pick-and-Deck operations, maximizing the use of the Trolley.  The most efficient of the 3 motions.



US STEEL IPS 

The system delivered by Morgan Crane for US Steel represents the 1st Generation of the IACT.  The IPS is approximately 1,400 feet long and 300' wide.  It is a Container Yard under cover.  The facility is serviced by 2 RMGs, 7 Input-Output Stations [Conveyors] and a Shuttle Car System.