Hutchison Ports Sohar has launched a new auto gate system at its container facilities at the Port of Sohar, Oman.
The new gate will use smart technologies to allow drivers to go through the gates with no documentation and avoid delays.
The system features machine-readable cards storing driver information, cameras using optical character recognition (OCR) to recognise trucks, gate kiosks reading shipping codes, and a truck ID system to improve security.
With the new auto gate system, which according to the company will make shipments at the port faster and more secure, drivers can remain inside their vehicles during inspection, security checks and container movements.
Albert Pang, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar, said: “The ability to cater to growing demand for container shipments can be attributed to our investments in technology and smart systems to optimise and modernise our operations at the terminal.
“These investments are geared toward developing the Sohar region into a commercial and industrial port that is more attractive to investors and traders. I believe the gates will help open up new opportunities for Oman.”
The company also announced that it will be receiving weekly calls by the recently-formed Ocean Alliance at its Terminal C, which was officially opened in mid-2016.
Hutchison Ports Sohar, formerly known as Oman International Container Terminal (OICT), is a joint-venture between Hutchison Ports, the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, the Dutch logistics company Steinweg, and other Omani investors.