Trade between nations has been globalized since establishing the WTO(World Trade Organization). By lowering trading barriers under the WTO's system, trade in goods has been gradually increased. It requires global logistic system that transports goods in between nations. To save cost of product, cargo of product is containerized and container ships to carry container cargo is going to be bigger. However, container terminal that stevedore container cargo from ship is reached to the limitation of productivity to handle big ships. One of alternatives to increase productivity is to implement automated operations system for container terminal. In the market, there are many verdors to provide artificial intelligent modules to operate container terminal automatically. However, it requires hard efforts and long time to integrate modules because there are no standard interface between modules.
In order to integrate automated container terminal system easily and successfully, this paper proposes high-level XML/JMS(eXtensive Markup Language/Java Message Service) communication model and multi-agent based system architecture to share knowledges, solve problems, and achive objectives by cooperating between autonomous and intelligent agents that are developed by 3rd party compaines in the market.
This thesis analyzed current situation of advanced automated container terminal with case studies on implemented systems and difficulties to develop automated container terminal system, reviewed technologies of intelligent agent, communication and automation that unmaned automated container terminal is required.