As the ships get larger and trade expands globally, the robots are poised to step up to the challenge.
At TraPac LLC’s Los Angeles terminal 24 giant red robots push cargo containers along the dock, moving boxes to other robots who place in them in precise locations.
This technology can reduce the amount of time ships spend in port while improving productivity by 30%, as reported by Erica Philips of
“We have to do it for productivity purposes, to stay relevant and to be able to service these large ships,” said Peter Stone, a member of TraPac’s board told the Wall Street Journal. This cargo terminal is one of four in the U.S.