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Integrated Terminal Ship System launched


An Integrated Terminal Ship System (ITSS) created to handle direct cargo loading/discharging and both side handling between large containerships and feeder vessels has been patented by Captain Johannes March.
The ITSS removes the need for cost-intensive shore side handling, particularly, as box ships of 18,000+ TEU generally call at fewer ports per voyage and require a far higher handling productivity than smaller vessels to avoid longer port stays. Consequently, there is a need for feeder operations with lower transshipment costs, said Mr March, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.
"The ITS-System covers those operational and market requirements. Moreover, in the competition between major container terminals, the attraction of transshipment cargo will very often become the decisive factor for the selection of ports of call and their overall throughputs, as transshipments will also attract general quay cargo according to respectively adjusted frequencies for individual schedule loops by the shipping lines."
The fast docking of a large containership into the ITSS terminal would be achieved by two lots of three (three on each side) traction engines on rails, allowing the precise moving of the ship to the required final position. Thereafter the traction engines would move to the outer rails of the finger pier(s) and fasten the feeder ships at the outer side of the finger pier(s).
Five high performance gantry cranes with two gears spreading over the whole terminal, including the feeder vessels alongside the finger pier(s), allow a simultaneous operation to both sides.
After finalising cargo operations for a container bay (hatch) of the main line vessel or the feeder ship the gantry cranes cannot be shifted after every container move for productivity reasons.
This theoretical shifting of the gantry cranes will be replaced by the precise alongside shifting of the feeder vessels according to the individual container bays of the large vessel and the feeder ships, as per stowage planning by the fastened traction engines after having moored the main line vessel and moved to the outer rails of the finger pier(s).

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