On the Right Tract
Although there are still a few “wheeled” operations in U. S. terminals, space limitations now require terminals to stack containers three and four high. Stacking operations, however, necessitate the continual use and maintenance of expensive reach trucks and gantry cranes in order to reposition containers while searching for, and retrieving, those containers that are targeted for delivery. Stacking operations also require that very large tracts of land must be made available for these conventionally-structured container terminals. Our patented, high-density system, on the other hand, can be installed or retrofitted in much smaller tracts … like the modest tracts seen in ports along the Delaware River. A number of other important benefits are also noteworthy:
• The slotted position for each container is preassigned days in advance of the vessel’s arrival.
• Only four-pronged forklift trucks are used to move containers. Except for the container cranes, the system makes use of no other container handling vehicles because 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.
• Because of slotting, no container can interfere with the retrieval of any other container.
• The 600,000 TEU mobile carriage facility shown in this website’s illustration pages is set on less than 6 acres.
• In this illustration, terminal traffic patterns, delivery operations, loading operations and staging areas for our in-house delivery system require less than 20 additional acres.
• Our unique delivery system eliminates gate operations, therefore there can be no delays or waiting lines.
• Truck driver-employees operate from within the site. All delivery runs and back-hauling runs are programmed and made known to drivers several days in advance.
• Because this patented system schedules container deliveries in advance, our software enables the operation to space these departures and arrivals in order to avoid delays and congestion.
• Generous compensation and strict observance of Hours of Service regulations assure efficient and full-time employment for driver-employees.
One day the Delaware River ports will serve as models for other U.S. container terminal operations. No taxpayer expenditures are required. No great expanses of precious waterfront acreage are required. And no dredging is required.