Saturday, 5 October 2019

Maersks billion bet on new robotics flop


Maersks billion bet on new robotics flop

Tusk has invested huge sums to improve port activities with robotics. Now it turns out that a large prestigious project of approximately nok 4 billion has given the opposite effect.

The Company's strategy for increasing the pace of work in port terminals is a great deal of the way. Contrary to expectations, it now turns out that the fully automated terminals are far less productive than those occupied by port workers. It's so serious that cpm terminals doubt the whole idea of automation

- it is a myth that automated terminals should be able to handle containers faster, in fact, it is significantly more effective to allow port workers to do the job "manually", says Neil Davidson, Port Analyst at drewry who does maritime analyses and get involved in a survey by the consulting company Mckinley.






“We have no problem with semi-automated terminals,” Jim McNamara, a spokesperson for the International Longshoremen’s Association, told Fox News. “New technology is fine if it keeps our workers safe, but full automation means that our jobs are gone.
Those robots represent hundreds of (lost) jobs... It means hundreds of people that aren’t shopping. They aren’t paying taxes and they aren’t buying homes.
— Bobby Olvera Jr., president of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13 

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