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Seminar - "Strategies for improving yard performance at container marine terminals", by Sergi Saurí

Published: 03/05/2019

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. Time: 12h.

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona


The increasing containerization of the maritime traffic involves constant changes and technological innovations in containerships and maritime container terminals. In the current era of “gigantism”, despite the current fleet overcapacity, shipping companies are booking larger and fuel-efficient vessels to benefit from economies of scale and, then, to reduce operating costs. Consequently, port terminals have to deal with bigger vessels and increasing demands, as a result, handling operations are likely to be subject to delay.

In this context, container terminals are dealing with the challenge of adapting themselves in order to: 1) improve berth productivity (minimizing turnaround time for the customers, the shipping companies) and 2) manage terminal handling operations efficiently with the aim of reducing operating costs and becoming more competitive.

Moreover, considering that adapting facilities and terminal infrastructures involves large investment and given the lack of space in many ports for expanding the operational area, the improvement of handling operations efficiency is more important than ever. Thus, many efforts are required to improve the productivity of container terminals by introducing efficient solutions and optimization techniques to decision-making processes and by introducing technological improvements such as the automation of handling equipment.

The seminar will be focused on several optimization problems for handling operations in the storage yard (the most complex terminal subsystem since terminal performance depends on its efficiency) and the yard and berth connection.


Assistant Professor at UPC and Director of CENIT - Innovation in Transport Group of CIMNE.