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As Asia's first fully-automated port, the terminal in Qingdao City has set a record in terms of operation efficiency.
The Port of Qingdao is a seaport in the People's Republic of China.
It is located between the Bohai Rim port region and the Yangtze River Delta port region occupying a central position among ports in Northeast Asia.
The Port of Qingdao is an important hub for international trade and transportation in the West Pacific. It is one of the ten busiest ports in the world.
In the top 50 world container ports the Chinese port of Qingdao ranks at number 7.
In 2015 a total number of 17.47 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) were transported through the port of Qingdao.
The port of Antwerp ranks at number 14 with 9.65 million TEU.

Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCTN) has become Asia’s first fully-automated port terminal.
On May 11, 2017 it serviced its first containership, the 13.386 TEU COSCO France.
Thanks to technological breakthroughs and automation the terminal has completed its first fully automated phase to upgrade two berths across 660 metres of quay with seven STS cranes operated by remote control, 38 automated stacking cranes (ASCs) and 38 battery-powered automated guided vehicles (AGVs).
It has set a new record in terms of operation efficiency, handling more than 30 containers per hour with every single crane. The terminal is controlled by laser scanners and positioning systems that can locate the four corners of each container to accurately clamp and move them onto driverless automated guided vehicles.
This technology allows the terminal to operate day and night. Throughput capacity increased by up to 30% while 70% of labor is saved.
The terminal is part of China’s One Belt One Road initiative and as a result QQCTN is planning to operate sustainably around the clock with four more fully automated berths.

Watch video of QQCTN Asia’s first fully automated container terminal by clicking on link below.

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