We are supplying electrical equipment and automation to the crane industry and to terminals all over the world. 2008/2009 was really a lesson to the whole industry. We saw the end of the big volume increase in the container handling we went from 1012% growth down to 45% growth today, which is really quite good. It happened through a real slump in the business but also a rather quick recovery. Now what we see today is we have gone.
From real volume growth to building efficiency and productivity into the industry. The challenges facing the terminals due to the megaships coming into operation now is the volume as such we need much higher productivity on the berth to service these and at least 500 TEU to be moved per hour, maybe 800900 even, but this is manageable The next challenge is to have the stacking capacity for all of these containers when we have really big calls, maybe as much as 10,00020,000 TEU in one call has to be handled.
Another, and maybe the biggest challenge is that the number of ships is coming down Automation is the basis for increasing the efficiency of the terminals. Automation is automatic handoffs, automatic cranes, automatic vehicles and also automatic handoffs between all these means of handling the container, but with that comes automatic handoff of correct information between all these equipments, all the way from the ship to the gate and rail, and the way back again to the ship.
But also what we see with this, the next step, we now achieve is when we have the automated equipment remotely controlled equipment, we have remotely controlled desks for being able to handle all types of cranes; we can run shiptoshore cranes, stacking cranes, rail cranes, really all kinds of cranes with ease but also bringing in all exception handling in the terminal and also bringing in the logistics and the maintenance, bringing all of this to a central control room, today container terminals have to optimise their operations.
Thats the only way to increase the cost and stay competitive. the competitive environment is going to get much tougher due to the bigger ships and so on. Either you get a call or you don’t get it and the impact is very very big, and with this we can also at the same time, when we are optimising we can reduce the impact to the environment, we are much more energy efficient in an operation that is smooth and continuous. We are also making the terminals safer with automation and optimisation, we bring people in and we don’t expose them to hazardous environments.
Out in the terminal, and this all in all makes a much more efficient operation. With automation and centralisation of staff in the terminal, we are also greatly improving the working environment for the staff. It’s a huge difference sitting on a crane looking down 50 metres and doing it for hours or being in a working environment like the one behind me in a desk that you can adjust, you can sit and stand and you can at any time change your duties with one of your colleagues and you can work in a real team. Now we are working to make.
JOC TPM 2014 Sponsored Tutorial Colombo International Container Terminals
Tpm Im Alessandra Barrett, Special Projects Editor for the Journal of Commerce and Im at our annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California Im joined this morning by Tissa Wickramasinghe General Manager of Colombo International Container Terminals. Thanks for speaking with me this morning.
Tissa. thank you. China Merchants Holding and Colombo International Container Terminal have put a lot of energy into making Colombo a regional transshipment hub. Can you discuss that a little bit? Yes. China Merchants Holdings International is the holding company of CICT, which is Colombo International Container Terminals. The total investment made by same CMHI on this.
Project is over half a billion dollars. And the major impact that it has made on the total industry itself is the fact that the project, which is supposed to be completed in 60 months, was completed in 28 months. And this brought the total attention of the industry.
Into the port of colombo. what do you see as the future challenges for the industry right now? Without a doubt here from a terminal operator perspective, the size and capacity of ships seems to grow unabated. Right now we have 18,000TEU ships and 19,000TEU ships on order.
22,000teu ships are on the drawing boards. So these are challenges that a not only unique to the terminal operator but it will be unique to the shipping lines as well. From a operator perspective, the lines would drive a huge ratio on the terminals to deliver on service delivery. And these large ships, as you know, are driven by economics of scale.
So any delays at terminals due to whatever reason would bring the pressure more on the terminal operator. What about opportunities for the industry? What do you see on the horizon? For the industry per say, I would say with most of the lines going into a building these large vessels, I think all terminal operators.
Would have to gear up to meet that requirement. But from a CICT perspective, I see tremendous opportunity due to the fact that we are owned and managed by CMHI. CMHI, as you may know, handles over 30 percent of the volume of the total trip with the China. Thereby, most in the major carriers call.
Terminals operated in china by cmhi and we can draw synergies from those lines with China and get new volumes pushing through Colombo. Added to that, the Sri Lankan government and the Chinese government are on the verge of signing a free trade agreement.