Terberg tells of ship size and fuel cost challenge
Alternative fuel lines, fuel costs and emissions reduction; automation; and the scale of terminal operations constitute the three biggest challenges for the port and terminal industry today.
That’s according to Rob van Hove — managing director for Terberg Benschop, the Netherlands subsidiary of Terberg Special Vehicles — who spoke exclusively to Port Strategy at TOC Europe 2018, held in Rotterdam.
Discussing the scale of terminal operations, Mr van Hove said: “The scale [of vessels] is increasing quite rapidly ... and terminals have to deal with that.”
Regarding automation, Mr van Hove noted: “A lot of people are looking at cost-reduction of labour so they want to automate.”
On the topic of alternative fuel lines, and fuel cost and emissions reduction, he said: “Of course, everyone is interested in cost reduction and finding alternatives, like electric vehicles or cranes or maybe fuel cells as an alternative.
“I’m convinced that people are interested in cost reduction and the environment, but of course, economy is always important.
“The cost per container is going down so everyone has to look at this cost structure [and] reduce costs. So they cannot only look at the environment — they have to look at cost structure and the impact of that.”
Speaking to PS, Mr van Hove noted that the ports and terminals industry is still growing, although the pace has slowed since early 2013 and 2014.
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