Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZMPC) has tested the world’s first container straddle carrier with an autonomous navigation system in Shanghai, China.
More than half of the 1,000 container terminals around the world use straddle carriers, with around 4,000 units in operation, yet automated straddle carriers account for less than 5% of the market.
Larry Li, president of ZPMC North America, said: “A conservative estimate indicates that automated straddle carriers will reach 20 per cent of the global market in the next five to 10 years.”
The Chinese manufacturer’s new product can complete a variety of tasks including self-repositioning, handling, stacking, loading and unloading, as well as transporting empty containers.
The benefits of the new machine include energy savings, lower maintenance costs, environmental protection and regulatory compliance.
Li said: “ZPMC’s ability to deploy automated straddle carries as a cost-efficient, modular retrofit solution unlocks new opportunities, not only for current straddle carrier operations but also for RTG terminal operations.”
“We are continuing to innovate our port machinery to achieve the seamless integration of artificial intelligence and port efficiency and the driverless straddle carrier is our benchmark product.”
ZPMC has worked alongside leading terminal operators and artificial intelligence companies to explore new technological avenues for efficiency and cost reduction.
This joint research and cooperation is the development of ZPMC’s first-generation intelligent straddle carrier which began tests on June 27, 2018 and is now in its final test phase.