Camco to supply quay crane OCR and gate automation at Chinese greenfield terminal

Camco to supply quay crane OCR and gate automation at Chinese greenfield terminal
Five STS cranes will use Camco's BoxCatcher OCR

ZPMC has awarded Camco Technologies two contracts for its greenfield project at Beibu Gulf Port Qinzhou, which will be China’s first fully automated terminal for sea-rail transportation.

The contracts cover the ship-to-shore (STS) crane optical character recognition (OCR) and the gate automation at the facility.

The construction of two automated container berths in Qinzhou terminal has been a major project in the establishment of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor in the western region and the Beibu Gulf International Gateway Port.

After the operation of the two berths, Qinzhou terminal will be the fifth fully automated container terminal in China and the first automated terminal applying sea-rail transportation in the country.

Camco’s BoxCatcher crane OCR technology will be integrated with five STS units, which will be installed at the automatic container berths in Beibu Gulf Port Qinzhou, located in the China (Gyangxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

The sliding technology will be used for container registration and identification of every box during vessel loading and discharging at berths seven and eight in the terminal.

In order to allow the BoxCatcher camera to follow the flight path of the spreader, the camera slides along vertical rails mounted on the crane portal legs.

With a travelling speed of up to 6 m/s and data processing time of eight seconds per move, the camera is able to easily support up to 36 moves per hour per crane according to Camco.

The system can capture every box, whether it concerns a single, twin, tandem or quad lift, feeding the terminal operating system (TOS) with accurate data, noted the technology provider.

While the reading of the PLC ensures that images are made at the exact height, the integrated laser scanner adjusts positioning and triggering for any skew and sway during crane operations.

Given the two cameras for the short sides and two cameras for the long sides, the BoxCatcher is able to capture 360° images of the container, while all image processing is done onboard the camera system.

The Camco OCR engine runs on the company’s proprietary image analysis software and Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) algorithms. The engines keep the images for storage enabling Qinzhou terminal to perform efficient claims management.

The second contract consists of the automation of terminal gate and yard access processes, handling up to 600 trucks per hour and feeding the TOS with accurate data for process optimisation.

Camco provides 2×2 OCR truck portals in and out as well as all kiosks for the terminal’s in and out gates and lanes for yard access.

The gate automation solution integrates the company’s gate operating system (GOS) software for managing kiosks, OCR portals and access control systems as well as the operator exception handling application.

Beibu Gulf Port Qinzhou terminal will feature a U-shaped yard design, vertical to the apron and separating intelligent guided vehicles (IGVs) from external trucks.

The terminal’s automated STS cranes will integrate a 3D ship profile scanning system along with Camco’s intelligent sliding OCR.

The project also implements the latest transponder navigation technology, supporting two-way driving, 90° turning and other flexible and fast running modes.

In the yard, the double-cantilever automated rail-mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes aim to apply high-precision laser-scanning positioning and detection technology optimising spreader trajectory and hence IGV and external truck efficiency.