CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero LUGLIO 2020
SIMULATION VITAL IN ADJUSTING QUAY OPERATIONS DURING CRISIS
COVID-19 has dished out many shocks to the supply chain and it
is more important than ever that terminal operators have a clear
picture of their operations in times of volatile transport volumes
as shipping companies continue to adapt their services lines and
implement blank sailings.
"HPC Hamburg Ports Consulting experts have recently
highlighted how simulation can be used to effectively achieve a
clear picture of terminal quay operations during times of volatile
Maxim Neiser, Terminal Planning and Simulation Specialist at
HPC, said in a recent paper that one measure that offers cost saving
potential for terminals is temporarily taking quay cranes out of
operation i.e. mothballing.
find out more read Neiser's paper "How to get a Clearer Picture
of Terminal Quay Operations in Times of Volatile Transport Volumes"
However, as Neiser noted, this is not a simple decision to take:
If and how many cranes can be mothballed while ensuring unchanged
service levels to vessels, considering the dynamic interdependencies
of terminal and vessel operations. One of the best tools to use in
order to make this decision with full visibility of its impact on
operations is to use quay simulation.
"Quay simulation is not a crystal ball, but its results
come with an average accuracy of about 98% percent, a figure pretty
close to the reality," Neiser said.
In his paper Neiser explores various use cases for such quay
simulation and explains while it has been typically used to
investigate growing container volume forecast it is also applicable
when volumes are dropping as vessels cease calling at ports during
times of crisis.
In another paper, Nils Kemme is Partner and port operations
consultant at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, supports Neiser's view of
simulation and also suggests its is the "one and only tool"
to provide detailed and highly accurate insights into the effects of
equipment reductions on terminal performance and service levels.
Kemme notes that taking any equipment out of service offers huge
cost saving potential, but also provides a significant risk to
operations but this can be mitigated somewhat via simulation.
find out more read Kemme's paper "Determining the optimal
volume trigger points to right-size terminal equipment" click
Ultimately simulation will facilitate optimal cost saving
decisions and flexibility for terminal operators, Kemme said..
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