Extravis Games is creating a game that will put the player in the seat of the machinery that keeps the logistics industry moving on dry land. Starting off as a Warehouse Operative, the you will have to work your way up to the larger machinery by way of promotion - the Junior Warehouse Operative starts off in a three-wheeled electric forklift truck unloading palletised goods from trucks on bays. Moving up to a Senior Warehouse Operative gets you outside and gives you a gas powered forklift truck with a higher carrying capacity - outside, in the cold, curtainside or flatbed trucks are side tipped and this is where some of the larger goods are handled like big rolls of paper, which requires a different attachment to pick them up.
Once promoted out of the warehouse, you will be taken passed security and customs control where you will be placed in control of a Ro-Ro Tractor (Roll-on/Roll-off), responsible for loading and unloading ships filled with semi-trailers there is little time to stop for a breath - these ships have a tight turn around time, so no slackers! In your spare time, you can jump in a regular semi truck and pick containers up off of the docks with a skeletal trailer, taking the containers to the warehouses for unloading.
If you get passed the trucks, this is when things start to get a bigger, now we move swiftly into the territory of the Skystackers and the Reachstackers - one lifts off empty containers, stacking them up high and the other hoists off loaded containers for stacking. These great pieces of machinery make a semi truck look small, although not as small as what you'll be operating next - the rail mounted crane! This crane spans over railway tracks, casting a shadow over the waiting train below. This is where the fun really starts as you will be loading containers onto inter-modal trains ready for them to make their journey across the country by rail - the start of the learning curve, the precision of placing containers up to 40 feet long onto four small twistlocks is not something that will come easily, especially when the spreader is now dangling below on a web of cables! Perched 50 feet in the air, should be a good vantage point to see the small targets below.
Once you have gotten to grips with the sway of the spreader and have overcome the strange sensation of working at height, the Rubber Tyred Gantry crane is your next venture. It's a crane on wheels, much like the rest of them, but this one isn't limited to tracks and can move around between stacks of containers. The RTG crane spans across a column of stacked containers, around six containers wide and can be up to hundreds of containers long. At this stage you will be tasked with loading and unloading trucks, some of which are based on the docks, means you will be assisting from a far with loading the ships - the rest are road trucks, visiting the docks to exchange one container, sometimes two containers, for another.
Find the specific container that is shown on the information screen in your cab and place in on the twistlocks of the truck waiting down below - it sounds simple doesn't it? But when the clock starts ticking and more trucks start showing up, the screen will begin to flash leaving it down to you to keep a level head!
If you can overcome the stress of dealing with a few stacks of containers, we bring you to the mother load... The ship-to-shore crane!
They generally come in three sizes, Panamax... Post-Panamax... and Super-Post-Panamax. The Panamax crane can load and unload container ships that are capable of navigating the Panama Canal, that is a vessel that is around 13 container rows wide - the Super-Post-Panamax crane however, is capable of unloading the largest container ships in the world at 25 container rows wide. Ships have to be loaded and unloaded in a strategic manor - take off too many containers one side without taking the equivalent from the other side could lead to the ship becoming off balanced and become susceptible to capsizing. The same can be said for loading, if you place too many containers on one side of the ship and not mirror it on the other side of the ship, it can have disastrous effects. Don't panic though, you won't just be loading or unloading a ship - you'll be doing both at the same time, for every container you take off, you may put two it its place but you must remain vigilant so as not to imbalance to ship.