15 April 15

Rethink Container Management Systems – new way to store and handle containers in terminals



RCMSRethink Container Management Systems– is an ambitious EU co-funded project, which is going to start its works on May, 1st, lasting the next 21 months.

Availing itself of the funding opportunities offered by the EC through the Horizon 2020 Programme, this project involves a broad consortium of internationally known partners from Italy, Spain, Germany, Israel, Poland and Slovenia:  Circle, CIMNE, University of Genoa, HPC Hamburg,  la Spezia Port Authority, the Port of Luka Koper, IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.),  Gdansk Terminal, Compass and Sellhorn

RCMS consists of the implementation of a Robotic Container Management System, which is an innovative infrastructure-specific and resource-efficient solution for enhanced cross-modal inter-connectivity and active container management, capable of providing optimal and adaptable responses to changes in conditions of multi-modal transport network by all actors in the value chain (shipping companies, port terminal operators, truck and railways companies).

The project aims to solve some of the main problems affecting Container Terminals. Container Terminals, in fact, serve thousands of ships, store billon of TEUs and introduction of larger ships will result in new challenges. While advances have been made in terminal automation, with current technologies terminals are limited by their ability to maintain growth and quality of service. To address these trends, RCMS will play a fundamental role through the development of a detailed simulation model for RCMS in the Gdansk and Koper Terminals plus a set of generic simulation tools to be used in all terminals while assessing and comparing RCMS performance with other state of the art container handling technologies with different features. Another main Project objective is to assess the  impacts of RCMS in a simulated transport network in terms of efficiency, reliability, capacity, performance indicators (travel times, average speed etc.) and impacts in the Port of La Spezia.

Remarkable results are expected to be achieved form different perspectives: from the environmental point of view, for example, RCMS can have positive influences on pollutant emissions thanks to its positive effects on reducing traffic congestion around the ports (due to the significant reduction of handling times). The project aims also to successfully contribute to a potential reduction in energy consumption and reduction of externalities.

The RCMS kick-off meeting, scheduled for May 21st and 22nd , will mark the beginning of the dialogue between the partners in order to successfully perform the tasks to be carried out in the next 21months.


Here’s the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4ij0I710Yw