Terminal simulation systems are software applications of simulation technology for decision making processes on the strategic and design level – including the planning of new terminals (Greenfield) as well as expansion or reorganization of existing terminals (Brownfield).
The simulation tools are used to determine the outcome of potential changes, whether it is an existing terminal or a completely new terminal. The tools provide support and information concerning the questions what might be the best type of equipment, the number of facilities, changes in the terminal layout, and different operational strategies, etc.
Since designing, extending or optimizing container terminals is a rather complex task, making the right decisions is essential to minimize capital and operational expenses and risks, while ensuring optimal terminal performance is the key to the success of such projects.
Basically, simulation tools can support terminal managers and planning teams to evaluate all vital terminal resources (Quay cranes/STS, RTGs/RMGs, RST, ECH, Trailer, Straddles, AGVs, etc.) to understand their interactions and to assess and mitigate the risks derived by external and not manageable factors such as the influence of weather, vessel delays, etc.
To find the best solution, the terminal operator can run through many options to find the winning strategy in a complex market. Some of these simulation tools can be linked to a TOS, which then offers the opportunity to simulate a complete terminal, taking into consideration all relevant processes and operational situations.