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Trials start at automated Shanghai terminal

Trial operations have begun at the world’s biggest automated container terminal, according to Chinese state-owned media.

Once it is fully operational, the fourth phase of Shanghai Yangshan deep water port will have a capacity of 4m teu, which is expected to rise to 6.3m teu at a later date. It will cover 2.23m sq. m and hasve a quayline of 2,350 m

The terminal utilises equipment manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC) and Chinese-developed automation software.

“The automated terminal not only increases the port’s handling efficiency, but also reduces carbon emissions by up to 10 per cent,” said Chen Wuyuan, president of Shanghai International Port Group, which operates the terminal.

Shanghai is the world’s biggest container port but has struggled with congestion recently, leading Maersk to temporarily drop it from one of its services.