Seaport AVG Deployments Surge
May 12, 2022
maritime industry has surged its seaport automation efforts amid ongoing
global port congestion issues. In addition to solutions such as
gantries, automated port gates, and stacking cranes, horizontal
transport solutions such as Automated Guided Vehicles (AVGs) that
transport containers and loads to and from ships have been the most
productivity-enhancing solution in seaports. According to ABI Research,
worldwide AVG deployments in seaports will have a Compounded Annual
Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 26% from 2022 to 2027 and exceed 150,000
global deployments by 2027.
“Automation enhances the reliability, consistency, predictability, and
security of port operations. From an environmental perspective,
automation can lead to lower energy consumption and a reduced carbon
footprint. Automated ports are also far safer than conventional ports.
The number of human-related disruptions falls as performance becomes
more predictable with automation and data capture solutions,” explains
Adhish Luitel, Senior Analyst, Supply Chain Management and Logistics at
addition to AGVs in seaports, the adoption of solutions in other
modalities of the global supply chain such as rail, air, and road have
also seen growth. Automaton solution providers, including ThorDrive,
Waygate Technologies, Loccioni, and Advanced Logistics Systems have been
providing various automation solutions such as elevating transfer
vehicles, ground tugs, inspection robots, and surveillance systems.
Inspection robots in rail infrastructure particularly is a growing
sector. Over 7,000 inspection robots were deployed in rail
infrastructure globally in 2021. This number is set to grow to over
12,000 by 2027 with a CAGR of nearly 9%, falling in line with the rising
rail freight volume. Around 14 billion tons were transported via rail
freight and this number is set to grow to nearly 16 billion by 2027.
“Automation in various modalities, despite its benefits, can also bring
certain drawbacks supply chain managers might need to mitigate. Although
automation can streamline workflows, they come at the cost of initial
potential productivity losses that come with equipping workers with the
right skillsets to operate and maintain these solutions. So, there is a
change management aspect that managers and authorities need to be more
mindful about,” Luitel concludes.