Hutchison Ports Thailand welcomed the country’s first ever 14,000 teu containership to call at its Terminal D facility at Laem Chabang Port.
The ONE COLUMBA, owned by Ocean Network Express, has a capacity of 14,053 teu, a total length of 364 m, total breadth of 51 m and a gross tonnage of 145,647 tonnes.
The terminal operator deployed new remote-controlled quay cranes in order to handle 2,269 containers loaded to the vessel in a fast, accurate and safe manner.
An initial phase of Terminal D will become fully operational in early 2019 and, upon full completion, the facility will have a total quay length of 1,700 m adding a further 3.5m teu of capacity.
It will become one of the world’s first container terminals where all the quay and yard cranes will be using remote control, with all 17 super post panamax quay cranes and 43 electric rubber tired gantry cranes (e-RTGs) using the technology.
Terminal D aims to offer more choice and flexibility as well as improved efficiency and productivity as it will be able to handle some of the largest vessels currently in operation.
Hutchison Ports claimed that the new facility will be an integral part of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) under Thailand 4.0’s objective to modernise the economy through improved infrastructure and innovation.