More Frosting on the Cake
Except for the few remaining “wheeled” operations in the U.S., the majority of conventionally-structured terminals stack containers two, three and sometimes four high, and are more often than not required to reposition containers in order to locate and retrieve those that are targeted for delivery. Our patented system, on the other hand, positions each container in preassigned, individual slots within a racking structure set upon movable carriages. The advantages are unique to this system.
- The positioning of each container is determined days in advance of the vessel’s arrival.
- Only four-pronged forklift trucks are used to move containers. Except for container cranes for vessel offloading and loading operations, the system makes use of no other container handling vehicles.
- No top-lifting or stacking is done.
- Each container is handled on just two occasions; first, when it is stored in its preassigned slot, then for the second and final time, when it is retrieved for delivery.
- Preassigned, individual slots, unlike stacking arrangements, prevent each container from coming in contact with any other container.
- Because of individual slotting, no container can interfere with the retrieval of any other container.
- The 600,000 TEU mobile carriage facility used in this website’s illustration is set on just 5.62 acres.
- Terminal traffic patterns, delivery operations, loading operations and staging areas for our in-house delivery system require an additional 18.34 acres.
- A total of just 23.96 acres are sufficient for vessel offloading, scanning/inspection, storage, retrieval and delivery of 600,000 incoming TEUs, and also allows for the loading of an undetermined number of outgoing containers … possibly another 600,000 TEUs.
- The staging area is the site of our in-house delivery system. All gates are eliminated, therefore there can be no delays or waiting lines. Employee truck drivers operate from this site on scheduled runs. Programmed deliveries and back hauling of exports and empties are made known to drivers several days in advance.
- Generous compensation and Hours of Service regulations assure efficient and safe full-time employment for driver-employees.
If rail service is not available, our in-house delivery system will handle the maximum 1,200,000 TEUs, about 672,000 containers per year. There will be approximately 1840 in-and-out truck trips per day, and every 46 seconds a truck will be scheduled to depart from, or arrive at, our staging area.
If rail service is available, and assuming our in-house delivery system handles about half the annual throughput, a truck will be scheduled to depart from, or arrive at, our staging area every 92 seconds.
In any case, traffic tie ups and air pollution problems will be significantly reduced.
[This is a reprint of Vol. II, Art. 37, “The Frosting on the Cake”.] Have a safe and sane 4th of July.