Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2012.
Container Yard Operations Control Room, Manga Terminal,
Managing the flows of a container yard is a complex operation
requiring sophisticated software and telecommunication systems. As a
buffer between the containership and the hinterland, the yard
supports three storage functions; storing inbound, outbound and
transshipment containers. In recent years, Cartagena has become a
significant transshipment hub in the Caribbean, which has placed
pressures on terminal operations as the number of transshipment
containers increased. With limited real estate for expansion, the
Manga Terminal (part of Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena) is
using stacking heights of five containers in its yard. This
increases the density of yard operations and a more productive use
of the available real estate, but requires rubber-tired gantries and
careful management to avoid unnecessary container moves (e.g.
retrieving a container at the bottom of a stack).