In addition to Terminals 1 and 2 at the French port, Autostore will also control a further six Port of Lyon-affiliated container terminals on the rivers RhÃ´ne and SaÃ´ne, at Fos, Arles, Valence, MÃ¢con, Chalon and Pagny.
Autostore will optimise the day-to-day management of T2 by allocating and co-ordinating all container movement instructions in real time. Using the port’s own operational parameters, the system will automatically determine the optimal storage and loading positions for all containers, from the moment they enter T2 until they leave – whether by road, rail or river.
The port’s T2 operation mirrors that of Terminal 1 (T1), with the exception that T2’s gantry crane will be rail-mounted and so able to move along the quay. It will service two barges berthed alongside each other simultaneously, and the quay can accommodate four docked barges at any one time. In addition, T2’s crane will include storage/staging for export stock beneath it, with import stock held in the back-reach of the crane.
T2 features a separate in-gate and out-gate for controlling receipts and despatches by road. As with T1, all mechanical handling equipment and vehicle-mounted RDTs will send and receive data from Autostore across a wireless LAN. T2’s RMG crane will also be equipped with a container positioning system (CPS).
The CPS connects Autostore with the gantry’s own control system and combines positional information with twist-lock status. It also feeds this information back to Autostore, thus ensuring that the right container makes the right move to the right part of the stack accurately and safely.
According to Andrew McKaig, commercial director at Central Systems & Automation: “Autostore improves efficiency, productivity and profitability while reducing costs and container turnaround times. It is easy to use and delivers outstanding real-time control and visibility of the business.”