Nansha Port building fully automated operations

Nansha’s Port has been playing fast catch-up to the region’s two bigger ports in Hong Kong and Shenzhen in recent years, and now its fourth phase of construction has been launched which aims to make it not only the GBA’s No. 1 in terms of quantity, but quality, too.

Costing RMB 7 billion, the fourth phase will be completed in 2021, at which time its TEU throughput is expected to hit 18 million. Shenzhen did 25 million at its two ports last year, and Hong Kong 19 million. More importantly, however, the fourth phase of Nansha will be the first fully automated terminal in the Greater Bay Area.

Advanced technologies such as IOT perception, big data analysis and artificial intelligence will be included in the design to make the Fourth Phase of Nansha Port a smart, environmentally friendly, and automated terminal. Beidou Navigation Satellite System, laser radar SLAM, visual SLAM, and multi-sensor fusion positioning technology will be adopted to provide more flexible and cheaper solutions for technical problems.

Two key advantages will be the Automated Quayside Bridge and the Intelligent Guided Vehicle (IGV), locally designed and built. The Automated Quayside Bridge works from the moment the ship docks, fully handling the grasping, loading and unloading of cargo. It passes the load off to the Intelligent Guided Vehicle, which will shuttle between the terminal yards on its own, without humans at the wheel.

Moreover, the port’s software system will be state-of-the-art. The Terminal OS used by the fourth phase of the port can apparently connect with other big data platforms to provide “intelligent systematic operations”, while an equipment management system (ECS) will replace traditional manual deployment equipment.

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