As labour costs rise, Chinese terminals seek greater automation

Shenzhen: Chinese ports, aware of rising labour costs, are making strong moves to automate their operations, a senior executive from a terminal software company told delegates attending today’s TPM Asia conference in Shenzhen.

Mark Wells, vice president of Navis, said Chinese ports were embracing automation “wholeheartedly”, with a number of projects due to kick off in the coming months.

“Many terminals are worried about labour with costs going up and availability down so that is part of the reason they are looking for greater automation,” he explained.

Wells also noted the growing trend of consolidation among mainland ports, something that was likely to continue.  [15/10/14]

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