SINGAPORE: Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, unveiled new survey findings that explore the growing shift towards automation for global terminal operators and the associated challenges. Increasing numbers of terminals are using higher levels of automation to improve productivity and efficiency and ultimately raise their competitive advantage in the market. Respondents to the customer survey show that a majority of terminal operators (74 percent) clearly believe that automation in some form (full, equipment or process automation) will be critical to stay competitive in the next 3-5 years.
“Within the next 20 years, I believe it’s not only possible, but likely, that we’ll see a fully autonomous transport chain. This could extend from loading and stowage of the container, autonomous sailing to its destination, unloading by automated cranes and then finally being loaded on to autonomous trucks and trains for the final destination,” said Raj Gupta, CTO of Navis. “However, while the potential is there, there are still several barriers that need to be overcome in order to make automation a realistic option for even the smallest terminal operators and Navis is committed to developing the technology to make turn automation into a reality for all. As we saw in our survey, our customers are at the forefront of exploration and implementation when it comes to automated processes and equipment and we’ll continue to support them as they evolve to meet the needs of their customers.”