Over the shore, or ship to shore, logistics is generally about throughput.
This timelapse video from the newly opened London Gateway give some idea of how much ‘stuff’ a modern container terminal can shift
The six berths will eventually handle 3.5 million TEU’s (20ft containers) per year, just over 9,000 in a 24 hour period.
Compare that with the amazing US Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) Elevated Causeway or ELCAS;
One of the initial proving exercises, despite many disruptions due to higher than expected sea states, demonstrated an offload of over 800 containers and 1,300 vehicles in 14 days. To do this required 67 different units, a total of 5,000 personnel, 70 small craft and a large onshore build.
800 containers in 2 weeks, just under 60 per day.
When there is not a handy, state of the art and massive container port on tap and one has to build one from scratch, the scale of the challenge is immense.
Puts things into perspective though.