Monkey-see-monkey-do

Recent breakdowns of the nation’s security systems have given us good reason to stress the detection capabilities of our patented container handling system. Whether security is or is not the nation’s number one problem, there’s no doubting the fact that the inability to handle the movement of intermodal containers efficiently along the entire length of the nation’s supply chain has become an international concern. Assuming we’ve made our point that 100% of all containers would be automatically scanned/inspected if our systems were in use, let’s not overlook the other benefits along the supply chain when our systems are retrofitted in busy container terminals. Here are some typical problems we could be eliminating:

• Bureau of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina revealed that more than a thousand abandoned container vans at the Manilla International Container Port are limiting the space for newly arrived shipments. [This kind of a situation could not develop in our patented terminals. Containers not programmed for immediate shipment could not gain admittance to our facility. Only drivers employed by our in-house delivery system would be allowed to make scheduled deliveries and back haul runs.]

• At the Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport, Morley Strachan, Terminal Systems Inc. VP, spoke about the new initiatives put in place to help manage the flow of incoming and outgoing containers. One of the steps taken is a reduction in “free time” allowed, and all exports and imports stored more than five days are now being charged a fee. The intent of the incentives is to move containers off the dock, he said. [Instead of reducing incoming cargo volumes in order to ease congestion, as they did earlier this year, wouldn’t it have been wiser to deny access to the unwanted incoming containers that contribute to the congestion? Why let the tail wag the dog? Our patented system prevents premature entry of unscheduled containers.]

• The Post and Courier in Charleston, SC, reports that because the port is running out of space, the State Ports Authority has decided to start charging customers for shipping containers stored on port property for more than a week. “It’s an all-too-common practice,” a port authority spokesman said. “It’s a national issue,” said another, “and we’re right there with other ports taking it on.” [Monkey-see-monkey-do, of course, and not a moment’s thought to what’s causing this “national issue”. Space mismanagement is the source of the problem and the tail wags the dog in this case as well. This port utilizes more than two thousand acres to handle less than 2 million TEUs annually, yet officials say more space is needed. Our system would handle 2 million TEUs on about 75 acres, and by giving most of the waterfront acreage back to the community, the original beauty of Charleston Harbor could be restored.]

• Boston’s Conley Terminal is another space-wasting facility seeking to acquire additional and costly acreage. More than 500,000 TEUs are diverted to other ports each year because of Boston’s inability to handle any more than 180,000 TEUs on its 100+ acres. [Our system could store, retrieve and deliver 3,000,000 TEUs annually on that 100+ acre site.]