Based on preliminary information from Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) on technical details and functionality of the RCMS , HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH (HPC) has conducted a first high-level assessment of the RCMS that aims to identify system advantages to be strengthened and potential weaknesses to be eliminated during the further development process. For this assessment, the RCMS has been compared against two established container handling systems:
– a fully manually operated RTG (Rubber Tyred Gantry) crane system, working together with TTUs (Tractor Trailer Units) as horizontal transport vehicles, and
– a fully automated RMG (Rail Mounted Gantry) crane system, working together with AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) for the horizontal transportation of containers,
which represent the most prominent and the most advanced established terminal handling systems, respectively.
Both established systems and the RCMS have been rated for a more than twenty different criteria, covering operational, financial, environmental and other aspects. In order to take the total picture, also soft criteria, such as work safety, system complexity and ease of maintenance, have been taken into account. The ratings are based on the preliminary information on the RCMS and HPC’s 40 years comprehensive know how and experience with state-of-the-art container handling systems.
The comparative assessment reveals several advantages, but also some weaknesses of the RCMS. Most notably, the investment cost for the RCMS are expected to be rather high as compared to the other two systems due to the construction cost for the building. On the other hand, the RCMS has received comparably good ratings for the following criteria: degree of innovation, labour costs, safety, storage density, productivity, service level as well as noise and exhaust emissions. Ultimately, the RCMS offers several advantages as compared to established container handling system. In particular the storage density provided by the RCMS is unrivalled, thus enabling for terminal construction and expansion even in areas where space is limited and expensive. Another noteworthy advantage of the RCMS is the direct accessibility of all container at all time without the need for any shuffle and housekeeping moves, thus being more productive and providing higher service level than established systems.