Container Terminal Planning: 2001

by James E. Davis, Sea-Land Service, Inc, New York City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92


This paper highlights the technical, yet practical planning process and operations research methodologies used by the country's largest containership company to guide 21st Century container terminal investment decisions. This comprehensive process was used to plan the expansion and/or reconstruction of existing port facilities and the construction of new 'state-of-the-art' facilities in key worldwide ports. The resulting plans, when fully implemented, effectuated a return to higher corporate profits. Through sound planning, the corporation benefitted from marked improvements in marine production and cargo receipt/delivery operations; from better definition, justification and reduction of outlays for capital projects; from the elimination of many of the operational differences between and among port facilities; from facilitating the design of new or existing facilities to achieve the most functionally efficient operations; and from optimizing the utilization of all assets and resources. The 10 elements of the planning process are discussed as they were applied to define a major new 21st century hub terminal with a projected throughput in excess of 400,000 containers per year.

Subject Headings: Container shipping | Existing buildings | Facility expansion | Assets | Construction management | Profits | Ports and harbors | Marine terminals

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