The Floaterm Concept: Reducing Terminal Congestion with Waterside Cranes

by Michael Jordan, Cathy Morris, and Anna Dix
Presented by Michael Jordan at the Ports 2007 Conference in San Diego, California

Container terminals are becoming increasingly more congested and expensive to operate. Highways and railways are already congested by container traffic and this congestion will worsen. Pollution from port operations is also a rising concern. These factors create a growing need for new, more economical terminal operation methods. Floaterm is a concept that helps alleviate congestion and pollution.
This presentation discusses two variations of Floaterm concepts: midstream and ship-in-a-slip operations. Engineering calculations have been prepared to verify the technical feasibility of the concepts, but are not included here.