The 14bn yuan (US$2.15bn) terminal, the fourth phase of the Yangshan Port project, could handle up to 6.3 million teu in its first year.
Getting automated is the final part of the port’s modernisation project at Shanghai, which saw the operator Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) establish its own R&D team in order to research and develop its own Terminal Operating System (TOS).
SPIG said that the benefits to establishing its own automation solution instead of choosing one of the TOS already on the market was that it allows port machinery to perform loading and unloading at the same time.
It’s also allowed the operator to develop a set of 12 standards which will likely become the Chinese automation port standards of the future.
All of the port machinery for the new terminal has been supplied by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd (ZPMC), which told China Daily that it intends to make automated terminals a growth area going forward.
SIPG and ZPMC are apparently working together to form a commercialised operation model for automated terminals going forward.
Shanhai’s new automated terminal will increase the annual capacity of Shanghai Port to more than 40 million teu.