Testing the Way to Real Sustainability in Ports

Pilots and Demonstrations

SEAMS & Black Box

Smart, Energy-Efficient and Adaptive Management Platform (SEAMS). The SEAMS system will connect the operational and energy dimensions of container terminal operations, being able to assign the most efficient working mode to any machine according to its specific working conditions in real time

Integration of the SEAMS and Black Box concepts. The entire container terminal will participate in a real life test field as all existing terminal machines, vehicles and illumination will be connected to the SEAMS Platform by means of “Black Boxes” able to transmit real time energy and operative status.


Eco - Efficient Adaptive Equipment

Four types of eco-efficient adaptive equipment will be tested in real life trials in Valencia:
* Smart, Energy Efficient and Adaptive Electrical Terminal Tractor (SEA-eTractor): A fully electric terminal tractor prototype will be designed, prototyped and piloted

* Smart, Energy Efficient and Adaptive ECO-RTG crane (SEA-EcoRTG): The SEA-EcoRTG is an optimised RTG able to work at the minimum cost point (sum of operative and energy cost)

* Smart, Energy Efficient and Adaptive Reach Stacker (SEA-EcoRS) Front-Lift (SEA-EcoLIFT): A front lift with Stage IV drive-train developments (Diesel, LPG or LNG fuelled) allowing fuel efficiency while increasing productivity for port container operators will be prototyped and piloted



Terminal Dynamic Lighting (SEA - Light)

The SEA-Light prototype and pilot will reduce electrical illumination consumption by selecting and adapting the intensity of lighting needed depending on the operations being carried out in real time. The project’s goal is to reduce energy consumption using dynamic lighting by 30%.

LNG Supply and Equipment

At the port of Livorno, LNG supply and Dual Fuel LNG powered machinery will be prototyped and piloted. The objective of this pilot project will be to overcome the current lack of LNG supply availability in the area of Livorno and to develop LNG usage. The Port of Livorno will test two innovative concepts:

• LNG dual-fuel rubber tyred gantry crane (SEA-Dual Fuel RTG)
• An LNG supply mobile station specifically designed for refuelling port gantry cranes.

Views of the industry on the SEA TERMINALS project

“SEA TERMINALS is preparing a new model of sustainable operations for European port container terminals".

Boštjan Pavlič

Head of Health protection and Ecology

Port of Koper

Technology 1: Integral Port Equipment Monitoring

Different terminal machinery and equipment will be monitored in real time through the “Black Box”, regarding operational and energy status. The Black Box is a complete data logger with a very capable database system that allows information transfer of selected machine signals and meters like working mode status, engine regime (rpm), instant fuel consumption, position, etc.

The Black Box device will serve as communication link between the physical operational dimension of the terminal (machinery and equipment) and its logical dimension (SEAMS Platform). The main purpose will be to allow the SEAMS Platform to identify operational bottlenecks, thus allowing the system to assign suitable working modes that will optimize cycle times and reduce unnecessary fuel consumption.

Technology 2: Low Carbon / Zero Emission Port Machinery

The technologies applied to the port machinery will be based on alternative fuels like Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and full electric equipment, thus demonstrating feasibility for the market adoption of a new generation of low carbon, efficient and adaptive machinery and equipment. The project will take advantage of current and on-going industrial prototypes that are in the last pre-commercial development stage. The equipment will be operated under a system able to optimize their working performance in a dynamic and remote way (real time) depending on the current state of the operational requirements.

Technology 3: Dynamic Lighting Management

The Dynamic Lighting Management system will be able to manage the illumination in real time, i.e. areas where there are ongoing operations will remain illuminated and areas without operations the system will perform to decrease the illumination in those areas. The introduction of the Dynamic Management concept will allow port operators to adapt lighting conditions to specific operational needs in any circumstances.


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