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The port would never be built. This is because all things violate some rule and that is on purpose. That way we can choose to enforce the rule or permit an exception.

Longshoremen and stevedores unions would kill off an automated port in no time. You’d find that it needed more environmental review or something.


You might want to have a word with ECT terminal, The Harbour of Rotterdam and I guess the FNV labour union while you're at it?

(this is just one terminal at one of the world's largest and busiest ports. A quick google seems to indicate that the workers would be with FNV.)

TIL there's actually a newer terminal with even more automation at the same harbour:


I’m sorry, Rotterdam in the Netherlands? I’m not familiar with the politics of that nation. I specifically meant the US since that was the original subject of the post.

And even more specifically, California.

Rotterdam has quite a lot of competing ports and any union which reduced the productivity of the port would be shooting itself in the foot.

Not sure they think of it in exactly those terms (hurray for the Poldermodel); but I'm sure that's a consideration.

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