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Taiwan’s first automated container terminal goes live

Taiwan’s first automated container terminal goes live

Evergreen Marine Corp (EMC) has celebrated the official opening of Terminal 7 at Kaohsiung Port. It has beenĀ heralded as Taiwan’s first automated container terminal.

The event was presided over by EMC’s chairman, Y I Chang, and president, Eric Hsieh. A host of local government officials and distinguished guests were also in attendance.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, EMC’s chairman, Mr Chang, said: “In line with the trend of the international shipping industry and the operational demand of mega container ships, Evergreen consolidated the cargo handling services in Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 of Kaohsiung Port and moved the operations to the advanced Terminal 7.

“We removed the trucking demand to haul containers between the two separate terminals and cut carbon emissions from such transportation.

“By building the new automatic quayside operations and the unmanned yard in Terminal 7, we are able to provide more efficient, eco-friendly service to our customers and offer a better working environment for local employees, taking yet another step toward our goal of sustainable operations.”

Evergreen Marine worked closely with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to develop Terminal 7. The new facility is considered to be the most important project that Taiwan’s shipping industry has undertaken in recent years.

TIPC built the port infrastructure, while Evergreen invested in the operational system and handling equipment, such as Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes, Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGC), reachstackers, and side loaders.

Terminal 7 is equipped with 5 berths with a draught of 18 metres, a quay length of 2,415 metres, and 24 STS gantry cranes, including 19 remote-controlled ones, in keeping with the worldwide container shipping industry trend and the operating requirement of mega containerships.

When fully operational next year, Terminal 7 will reportedly be able to accommodate four 24,000 TEU boxships and two feeder vessels at the same time.

The facility has a yard size of 149 hectares and can hold 89,238 TEU of laden containers and 43,656 TEU of empty containers.

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