Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) began trial operations of the world’s largest automated container shipping terminal at Yangshan over the weekend.
The $2.1bn facility has an initial capacity of 4m teu, which will rise to 6.3m teu. It comes at a time where Shanghai was desperately needing extra berths having got close to exceeding the design capacity across its many terminals in and around the city.
“The automated terminal not only increases the port’s handling efficiency but also reduces carbon emissions by up to 10%,” Chen Wuyuan, president of SIPG, commented.
The project uses automated handling equipment designed and manufactured in China. The machinery includes a bridge crane, an automated guided vehicle (AGV) and a rail-mounted gantry crane, all made by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries.