October 18, 2018 - In fall, the S&TDC visited the Phase IV Automated Terminal of Yangshan Deep Water Port, the largest automated container terminal worldwide. Compared to traditional container terminals, the automated terminal requires 70% less staff to operate, and is 30% more efficient at full capacity. The terminal was constructed in December 2014, covering a total land area of 2.23 million m2, with a quay length of 2350 meters and 7 deep water berths. It is located on the west side of the Yangshan Deep Water Port - one of the busiest ports in the world. The port is built on the islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan and is connected to the mainland through the world's largest sea bridge - Donghai Bridge. Yangshan Phase IV Automated Terminal relies on three key advanced automated equipment for its operations: The Quay Crane, the 16 Automatic Stacking Cranes (ASCs) and the 80 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). The quay cranes use a double-trolley structure, with the main trolley in remote control and the portal trolley in full automation. The ASCs are fully automated, with the standard, single-sided and both-side cantilever ASCs working in collaboration to improve efficiency. The AGVs, equipped with hydraulic lifting platforms and 8-hour lithium batteries, are guided by transponders and work with a fully-automated battery exchange system to ensure 24-hour operations. The terminal runs mostly on renewable energy, drawing much of its power from an immense wind park nearby. The handling and transportation systems run fully on electric power.
Countries: Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey (7)
Event date: October 18, 2018