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January Project - RCMS “Rethinking Container Management System”

We are glad to announce our first 2017 EU Project’s of the Month “Rethinking Container Management System” founded by the European Commission Horizon2020 Programme.


Container terminals serve thousands of ships, store billions of TEUs, compete to serve the next vessel, and introduction of larger ships will result in new challenges. While advances have been made in terminal automation (Automated Ground Vehicle (AGV), gate control, yard cranes, etc.), with current technologies terminals are limited by their ability to maintain growth and quality of service. To address these trends and demands the Robotic Container Management System (RCMS) has been developed. As a contribution to its implementation, Project main objectives are:

  1. to develop a detailed simulation model for RCMS to be evaluated in 2 Terminals (Gdansk and Koper) plus a set of generic simulation tools to be used in all terminals;
  2. to assess and compare RCMS performance with other state-of-the-art container handling technologies for 2 Terminals (Gdansk and Koper) with different features;
  3. to assess and compare RCMS performance with other state-of-the-art container handling technologies for 2 ports (Gdansk and Koper), with focus on comparison between RCMS solution and port surface extension;
  4. to assess impact of RCMS in a simulated transport network in terms of efficiency, reliability, capacity, performance indicators (travel times, average speed, etc.) and impacts (noise and air pollution) in the Port of La Spezia.

The Consortium is made up of leading industries, SMEs, Research/Academic Centers and 3 ports/terminals as End-users.


The main results of the project will be: a well-defined RCMS control logic; a dynamic physical AGV model to test AGV behavior; definition of operational procedures for RCMS; a generic simulation tool enabling testing of RCMS for various sitesby non-simulation experts; an efficient entire terminal design with RCMS; a set of validated and quantified benefits of RCMS compared to commonly used handling systems; a set of Key Performances Indicators of the transport network using RCMS.


The RCSM Final Conference, taking place in Hotel Marivaux in the 31st of January, will be attended by high-level institutional and industrial representatives and will focus on the key innovative features of the RCMS, a pioneering and ground-breaking robotic parking system able to efficiently manage and handle more containers per square-metre than traditional systems used in port and inland terminals.

This one-day event will offer intensive conference sessions addressing the following main topics:

  • The future of Vertical Storage
  • Advanced operational concepts
  • Exploring the benefits of the automated vertical storage
  • Comparison between state of the art technologies and the vertical storage solution
  • Key factors for success when designing for RCMS vertical storage solution

You can find all of the relevant information for the conference and sign up through the following link: http://bit.ly/2iE47AR