Utilizing Amphibious AGVs to Optimize Container Transshipment for Deep Sea and Hinterland Operations

Authors

  • Abhishek Rajaram Maritime and Transport Technology, Delft University of Technology,The Netherlands
  • Lavanya Meherishi Faculty of Engineering, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Jovana Jovanova Maritime and Transport Technology, Delft University of Technology,The Netherlands
  • Andrea Coraddu Maritime and Transport Technology, Delft University of Technology,The Netherlands

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.59490/imdc.2024.780

Keywords:

Marine Design, Transshipment network, Floating Terminals, Amphibious AGV, Agent-Based Modeling

Abstract

Transshipment is a key component of modern-day shipping logistics. Container supply chains rely on tran-shipment hubs to access remote locations. With globalisation driving growth in container trade, maritime congestion is rising at container terminals in ports worldwide. This is expected to worsen as demand con-tinues to grow. This research explores novel maritime equipment designs that can contribute to solving problems in the trans-shipment chain. One such idea is that of the Amphibious Automated Guided Vehicle, an innovative concept that travels on both land and sea. Envisioned as a tool to minimise the rehandling of containers, the Amphibious AGV forms the heart of the new changes that this research proposes for the fu-ture of trans-shipment. Complementing swifter trans-shipment, the research also proposes complementary design concepts such as floating terminals to add more flexibility for container ships and Amphibious AGVs applied to exchange containers offshore. To validate these ideas, an agent-based modelling methodology was used and replicated in the environment of the Hong Kong- Pearl River Delta. This work, therefore, opens up an intriguing future scope for maritime transshipment that is both sustainable and adaptable while also discussing limitations and concerns that need to be carefully considered.

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Published

2024-05-07

How to Cite

Rajaram, A., Meherishi, L., Jovanova, J., & Coraddu, A. (2024). Utilizing Amphibious AGVs to Optimize Container Transshipment for Deep Sea and Hinterland Operations. International Marine Design Conference. https://doi.org/10.59490/imdc.2024.780

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