Automated Shuttle Carrier® Concept

Comparison to Conventional RTG Crane and Yard Tractor Concept
  • Jari Pirhonen
Part of the Operations Research/Computer Science Interfaces Series book series (ORCS, volume 49)


The paper deals with innovative handling technologies of container terminals enabling the automation of transport and storage processes at terminal quayside and within the yard area. The presented shuttle carrier concept is based on the employment of Automated Shuttle Carriers® in combination with rail mounted stacking cranes, automatically operating storage blocks, arranged perpendicular to the quay wall. Beside a scenario-based investigation of system performance, by means of simulation, the shuttle carrier concept is compared with a conventional handling system using yard tractors for container transport and rubber-tyred gantry cranes for yard operation. The system comparison delivers results in terms of equipment and manning requirements as well as insights into the environmental impact of system operation, considering also rubber-tyred gantry cranes powered by electric energy.


Container Terminal Particular Matter Transport Vehicle High Labor Cost High Storage Capacity 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Annala I (2007) Shuttle applications offer mega results. Kalmar around the world (3):4–5Google Scholar
  2. Anonymous (2008) Automation of Container Terminals. Technical Report, Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, BremenGoogle Scholar
  3. HHLA [Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG] (2010) Hamburger Hafen- und Logistik AG – Burchardkai (CTB)., accessed August 23, 2010
  4. Huang W, Kuo T, Wu S (2007) A comparison of analytical methods and simulation for container terminal planning. Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers 24(3):200–209CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Stahlbock R, Voß S (2008) Operations research at container terminals: A literature update. OR Spectrum 30(1):1–52CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cargotec FinlandTampereFinland

Personalised recommendations