Portunus webinar: Floating port technologies could revolutionize container commerce


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Protecting our nation's ports from terrorist attacks consumes significant resources. To help address this problem, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been developing technologies to make offshore inspection of seaborn trade using floating ports a realistic option. The March 25 webinar will take a look how container commerce can be reinvented through public/private partnerships around Lawrence Livermore technologies and capabilities.

Technology Transfer at LLNL: http://1.usa.gov/1fdJd0p
Commerce security from offshore port design: http://bit.ly/1dzwYiv
Plan floated to ship cargo inspection offshore: http://1.usa.gov/1f7flHI

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  • Welcome to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Webinar on the Portunus Project. I am Hank Glauser, the Principal Investigator for the ProjectThe Portunus Project will re-invent containerized and maritime commerce.
  • Go through points.At end of slide:Before we get into how this is done, I need to get everyone onto common ground.
  • This is how we move freight. 3 pathways: (indicate colors on map) Railways, roadways and waterwaysGiven that you can move 576 tons a mile per gallon of fuel using a barge system, and 413 … Waterways are the most efficient means of goods movement domestically. But since 70% of US population is east of the Mississippi River, and most imports are coming in from the Pacific, our waterways (slide advance) shown here are underutilized.Enter the Panama Canal Expansion Project…
  • Current capacity for the Panama Canal is about a 4000 TEU ship. Explain TEUThe Canal Authority planned the expansion project to accommodate the largest ships imagined at the time, 12500 TEUUnfortunately for them, the shipping industry now produces the most efficient ships on the oceans, the new 18000 TEU EEE classHere you can see the transition of the international shipping fleet moving to the more efficient larger ships. Why, because they increase their profit margins on goods movement.But how are the ports reacting to this transition?
  • US ports are vying for market share by investing in infrastructure that can accommodate larger ships, whether 12500 TEU in smaller east and gulf coast ports, or 18000 TEU in the larger west and east coast ports. AAPA reports $47B in investments are going to dredging harbors, increasing quayside, retooling cranes to reach the bigger ships and creating more efficient intermodal connections.But business isn’t the only factor in port investment…
  • Terrorism, whether domestic or international, remains a credible threat to US interests.Since our ports are critical for the economy, are co-located with large population centers and are on our borders, they represent an attractive target.Can we say for certain that these terrorists won’t have a WMD device in the next year, 10 years, or 20 years?Clearly the world commerce system will change if such an ability is demonstrated anywhere in the world.Enter Portunus…
  • Portunus, at its most developed stage, is a series of offshore ports located in major shipping lanes. These platforms can offload eight 18000 TEU ships simultaneously in 36 hours. It takes between 4-7 days to offload a 15000 TEU ship now in LA/LB. The platforms also will have the capability to inspect and clear bulk freight vessels.Next slide
  • The five ports act as a hub and spoke distribution system. Goods come by ship from overseas to the ports. They are inspected using state-of-the-art technologies, sorted for loading onto smaller ships capable of reaching any port in the US or transiting through the Canal.The process works in reverse for exports without the inspection component.This technology couples the most efficient way to move goods across the ocean (ULCS) and the most efficient way to move goods domestically (short-sea shipping) with a modern port that utilizes automated systems, new technologies and logistics management systems.
  • Let’s go through a few of the technologies involved…
  • Portunus webinar: Floating port technologies could revolutionize container commerce

    1. 1. LLNL-PRES-432936 This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Secure Commerce Hank Glauser, Principal Investigator Global Security IMAGE
    2. 2. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936  Cut freight offload times by 60%  Improve intermodal connectivity  Allow largest ships to access all US ports  Reduce the need for US ports to make constant large infrastructure improvements  Improve resiliency of supply chain  Simultaneously improve logistics, economy, environment and security in a way that makes sense for business 2
    3. 3. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936
    4. 4. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936
    5. 5. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936 AAPA reports US Ports will invest $47B between 2012 & 2017 in infrastructure/capacity improvements
    6. 6. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936 6
    7. 7. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936 Portunus: Concept Overview
    8. 8. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936
    9. 9. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936  Evaluate current technologies and develop needed technologies • Engineering Design and Computer Modeling • Logistics Software Development • Prototype Development & Deployment • Automated Systems Development • Dynamic StabilizationTechnologies • Renewable Offshore Energy • Desalinization • Ocean Mooring and Breakwater Systems  Tech spinoffs along the way 9
    10. 10. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936  New Structures, Platforms, & Systems  Automated Freight Handling  Multi-Pick Cranes  ScreeningTechnologies  Databasing and Big Data  Ocean-Based Renewable Energy  New Materials 10 In R&D Existing & Maturing
    11. 11. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936  Faster loading and unloading resulting in greater profits  Protects critical infrastructure, coastal population centers and provides resiliency for maritime commerce  US economy strengthened from more efficient goods delivery, domestic industry revitalization and jobs growth  Estimated $2B in tax revenue based on accurate inspection of imported goods. (First year only)  Provides economy of scale for port technology needs 11
    12. 12. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936  Partner with LLNL • Advocate — Join LLNL in outreach program (talk to your legislators) — Assist in developing U.S. Gov’t funding • Research Partner — Allow instrumentation of various projects to collect data — Work with other LLNL partners to develop concepts — Partner with LLNL in development of intellectual property • Engineering Design — Provide engineering and modeling expertise HowYou Can Play a Role
    13. 13. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL-PRES-432936 13 Hannah Farquar farquar3@llnl.gov