Sea Point

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Sea Point's Operating System

This simulation depicts Sea Point's basic operating system. To learn more about Sea Point's operating system and this simulation, please read the information below.

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This Simulation Depicts Sea Point's Basic Operating System

  1. The "fly-around" is an artist's conception of a container operation at Sea Point. The circling of the facility illustrates that there are four cranes dedicated to discharging and loading the ship and four cranes dedicated to loading and discharging the barges.

  2. The different colored containers on the ship represent containers with separate destinations or separate follow-on delivery methods such as truck or rail. As the containers are discharged from the ship they are sorted into the barges by destination or follow-on delivery method.

  3. As the simulation settles down on one particular container on the ship, the ship crane operator gets an order from the Sea Point operating system to pick up this particular container and set it on a trailer. (The tractor pulling the trailer is not depicted to keep the simulation as simple as possible.) Once on the trailer, the tractor operator pulling the trailer receives an order from the operating system identifying which barge crane awaits that container.

  4. At the barge crane, the barge crane operator receives an order from the operating system specifying which barge and slot in the barge to deposit the container.

  5. With the trailer empty, the tractor operator receives and order to proceed to one of the ship cranes to receive another container and the process repeats itself. Sea Point can operate at 110 lifts per hour from the ship to the barge in this fashion and Sea Point can load / discharge 16 barges holding approximately 900 containers without having to shift barges to and from the loading area.

  6. Once the containers have been discharged from the ship and sorted into the barges (represented by the single color containers per barge) the barges are assembled in a tow and taken to the New Orleans area (not depicted).

  7. In the New Orleans area, the barges are delivered to the most logical and economical location to make the connection to rail or truck for regional delivery.

  8. Those barges carrying containers destined for inland river ports such as Memphis or Baton Rouge are taken to barge fleeting areas and placed into tows heading up river. Up river tows depart from the New Orleans area every 12–18 hours.