Critical development decisions
The expansion is a critical development project for LSCT to accommodate future volume growth and container handling. Automation is considered a key element for the expansion. LSCT was impressed by the competency and the simulation expertise of the Portwise team in an earlier terminal design study in 2017. In this earlier study, different options (including automated options) were investigated for the terminal expansion, starting from the current combined RTG/CRMG/RS operation. The new study was executed to further detail the short-term expansion plan to accommodate the strong growth perspective towards 2M TEU per annum. Automation of the expansion area provides the capacity increase needed to support the expected large vessels (400m), particularly in the Far East – Europe trades. In addition, automation also ensures sustainability and financial viability for the future development. Also, the opportunities for a high performing rail operation with expanded capacity were identified. This further increase in LSCT’s hinterland connectivity supports LSCT’s ambition to be the gateway of Italy and Central Europe. Finally, the plan provides environmental gains by increasing rail over road transportation.
LSCT’s General Manager said the following about the evident choice for Portwise: “It made sense to use Portwise again as they already had the knowledge, and we were very satisfied about the results. Portwise has a high competency and has a pragmatic view on achieving the results within the economics constraints. We have established a professional friendship, and they have realised an on-time delivery to expectancy. It was and is the right choice to pick Portwise.”
Picture: La Spezia Container Terminal in Italy as is currently and the future.
Data driven pioneering enables realisation of vision
LSCT currently handles around 1.3M TEU per year of which up to 30% is moved inland by rail. The short-term plans envision increased throughput capacity up to 2M TEU per year, with 50% being moved inland by rail. To support the increased waterside demand, the terminal will build a new berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels (400m). New cranes will service vessels 25 rows across and have a lift height above rail in excess of 50m. Automated yard cranes are planned for increasing capacity, performance, reliability and sustainability. All these improvements consolidate the competitiveness of LSCT being the key point along the entire shipping network in the region. Rail facility expansion, enhanced with automation technologies, is also on the roadmap. The expansion will strongly increase LSCT’s intermodal capacity and connectivity towards the growing hinterland development of Italy and Central Europe.
LSCT General Manager stated: “We have to make it possible. Continuous improvement is essential for any terminal operation and development. In any business case development and decision-making, we should always ‘study’, ‘check’, ‘control’ and then ‘realise’, as the approach to plan properly on paper and achieve in reality. This is what we did and what we will continue to do.”
LSCT believes high performance automation is the future in order to serve their clients in the best way possible. LSCT wants to be the trusted partner for their clients and all the supply chain through credibility, arrival times and intermodal delivery. LSCT’s aim is to be the gateway of central Europe by means of the best technologies to move goods from ship to factory in a quick and efficient way.
LSCT General Manager stated: “To achieve all the goals for future development, LSCT needs to think about all areas – berth, yard, intermodal – and plan accordingly for future. With Portwise’ contributions via their studies, we are able to make the decision, given the available space and condition with what LSCT has, to get to the best suitable solution for a sustainable investment.”
How we can help
Conceptual design & planning
At the Portwise design practice, we combine extensive automation and operational knowledge with the latest simulation tools.
Capacity & throughput analysis
Portwise has developed a systematic approach ensuring that your terminal will be able to meet future capacity demands for quay, yard, gate and rail.
Portwise aims to mitigate risks that relate to uncertain factors in design projects of new container terminals or retrofit current facilities.
Automation & modernisation review
Portwise has developed a systematic approach how to identify the most suitable option(s) for automation of an (existing) container terminal
Operational improvements planning
Portwise uses a comprehensive, data-driven improvement approach to assess and optimise terminal resources to their full potential.