Fueling Trade Effectively

Moving trade through ports requires numerous trucks, trains, ships, cargo handling equipment, barges, and marine workboats. Cargo handling equipment need to be powered. Diesel powered equipment is widespread. Fuel usage and fuel management in ports are therefore ….

The type of cargo handling equipment used in a terminal is determined by its container handling system. Diesel fuel is predominantly used to power the vehicles and equipment used due to their fuel efficiency, performance, and reliability. Diesel powered equipment typically includes Ship-to-shore cranes (STS), Mobile cranes, Rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs), Rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), Reach stackers, Straddle carriers, Tractor-trailer units and lorries Generators. Diesel fuel is the main energy source for container terminals.

The consumption patterns for diesel fuel differ across terminals and, to a significant extent, depend on the individual equipment configurations in each terminal. The share of diesel fuel in the energy matrix of container terminals ranges between 50% and 88%.

An analysis of trends in energy consumption ( CEPAL) by activity cluster reveals that horizontal activities account for the greatest and fastest-growing share of energy consumption at ports. Horizontal activities are all those activities carried out by RTGs, reach stackers, RMGs, etc. and are principally based on diesel consumption. Vertical activities (STS and mobile cranes) consume an average of around 10% of the total amount of energy used.

Ressource Solutions’ PetroMan FMS specifications are customized to provide a comprehensive management platform to port operations. Designs are purpose-prepared to enable dispensing control, allocation, and financial control of all diesel utilized at the sites. The system is fitted at fixed fuel stations and on fuel bowsers, as well as on vehicles and equipment. Workflow structures include each individual vehicle or equipment’s foreseen fuel consumption, function location, TCO code and, the individual compartment capacity as per the ERP specification.

With a track record of >150 projects and dozens of successfully operating sites across Africa, many under challenging conditions, for >20 years, Ressource Solutions consistently delivers meaningful results and ‘better than industry’ ROIs.

Ressource Solutions has made it their purpose to develop world-class hydrocarbon management systems that are both cost-effective and user-friendly. As an OEM Ressource Solutions markets its unique fuel management solutions under the PetroMan® brand, providing meticulous, real-time, measuring, and reporting that allows clients to intricately control hydrocarbon quality and usage. Ressource Solutions continually develops and implements robust and up-to-date hardware and software platforms and has supplied FMS solutions to the mining sector, across Africa, since the 1990s.

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