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A FAST AND ECO-EFFICIENT TRANSHIPMENT SYSTEM FOR ULTRA LARGE CONTAINERVESSELS

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - COFASTRANS (A FAST AND ECO-EFFICIENT TRANSHIPMENT SYSTEM FOR ULTRA LARGE CONTAINERVESSELS)

Reporting period: 2014-10-01 to 2015-03-31

COFASTRANS is a system for loading and unloading the largest ocean going container ships using a new method that is substantially faster and more efficient than the current best terminals. This will save time and money for the port operators and the shipping lines. A study of the shipping routes has shown the ports that would be the main beneficiaries of COFASTRANS.
COFASTRANS combines the inherent efficiencies of a modern gantry crane with the benefits of direct access to both sides of the ship within an indented berth. With the use of new multi-trolley container cranes enabling fast loading and unloading from both sides of the ship, the advantage over the conventional system is considerable. COFASTRANS has been designed to be flexible and versatile so that it can be slotted into existing terminals as well as into plans for new ports. The study considered the use of a multi-level container terminal that will enable traffic at critical areas, as well as the introduction of an innovative system for placing hatch covers to free up berthside roads. Several different ways of introducing the indented berths into real port locations were considered, whether existing ports or new sites, and 3 options were finally studied in detail. Layouts have been drawn out and analysed to estimate the flow of containers and throughput of the terminal. Costs have been estimated based on typical figures. Financial models have been assembled to assess the business case. Comparisons have been made against modern conventional terminals layouts. The findings have been positive. Using standard benchmarking assessments, the indented berth is demonstrably much more efficient than the best conventional berth performance. The following benchmark values are an example:
• 4,900 TEU/m of quay (1,800 for best conventional)
• 97,969 TEU/Ha of terminal (42,000 for best conventional)
• 1,683,000 TEU/gantry crane (210,000 for best conventional)
The study showed clearly that the system is workable and can provide considerable economic benefits. Although the investment would be significant, substantial cost savings would be made by the ports and shipping lines. The enclosed Business Plan demonstrated robust financial viability through analysis of different investment options.
Digital view of the multi-level part of the terminal
Digital view of the entrance of the indented berth