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Development of innovative robotized intermodal container terminals

Development of a new sophisticated operating system and new concepts for innovative industrial robots for container terminals (pilot) in the habour of rotterdam.

EUROPE CONTAINER TERMINALS B.V. (ECT) was established in 1966 and has grown into Europe's largest and most advanced container terminal operator, handling close to three quarters of all containers passing through the Port of Rotterdam. Due to the increasing competition and changes in demand in the sector, ECT has been forced to increase productivity and service levels and decrease the prices of its service. The present project concerns cooperation between the Dutch company ECT (member of HUTCHISON PORT HOLDINGS) and the German crane manufacturer GOTTWALD PORT TECHNOLOGY (GPT). The cooperation was initiated by ECT. ECT intends to improve the efficiency of its production process by developing new innovative terminal concepts and new intelligent operating systems for the use of the new robot concepts. The cooperation between ECT and GPT is of great importance. GPT has knowledge on mobile cranes and automation of industrial equipment. ECT, on the other hand, has a lot of knowledge on and experience with several generations of container-tranship-equipment. This knowledge is important for GPT to improve its products in the area of automation in harbours. The cooperation of ECT and GPT is of mutual interest for technological knowledge, which has to do with innovative concepts for container transhipment. The aim of the project is to mutually develop an innovative terminal operating system to be able to control the transhipment equipment and several innovative robot concepts. In this project ECT and GPT will research: - Several possibilities of innovative robot concepts and - The operating possibilities of innovative robot concepts. The next step is the development of a foundation on new algorithms and models. Required know-how and experience for this project are: - Development of giant algorithms and heuristic models in order to operate the new concepts; - Experience with innovative robot-concepts in a harbour environment; - Bringing intelligence to decentralised equipment. Keywords: terminal operation, robotised equipment, algorithms, AI-models.
Acronym: 
DIRICT
Project ID: 
2 954
Start date: 
01-12-2002
Project Duration: 
53months
Project costs: 
11 400 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Market Area: 
Naval Transport, Ships, Boats

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.