With volumes at its Long Beach terminal expected to increase further, SSA determined that the manual data entry process used to identify containers and capturing their location in the yard was severely limiting productivity. Automatic tracking of container movements and capturing and reporting location would significantly speed up container moves.
Kalmar SmartQuay ensures containers are identified at vessel load or discharge, matching them with the delivering or receiving container handling equipment. The location of all equipment and containers in the facility is tracked using SmartStack, which ensures an accurate inventory. In and out-gate operations are automated by tracking street trucks at the gates and within the yard using SmartTrucks.
The combined SmartPort process automation solutions improved safety while simultaneously lowering the cost and increasing the speed and accuracy of operations. They contributed to the position of the SSA Marine Long Beach terminal as one of the most advanced terminals in the United States. The return on investment on the SmartPort solutions was less than 12 months.