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Asian Ship Operators Take Interest in Smart Ports

Asian Ship Operators Take Interest in Smart Ports

Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC has gathered some of the largest ports and shipping companies at a forum demoing smart terminal solutions in Shanghai.

Forum attendees not only saw presentations on smart terminal solutions, but also visited Shanghai Yangshan Phase IV Automated Container Terminal, the world’s largest single automated container terminal, co-built by ZPMC.

Of the 400 attending the Global Smart Terminal Solutions Forum, there were more than 120 port users and 28 of ZPMC’s partners.

Attendees represented port operating entites such as Port of Singapore Authority, Hutchison Port Holdings, China Merchants Port Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group.

Asian shipping companies at the forum included China COSCO Shipping Group, OOCL, Evergreen Marine and Wan Hai Lines's Port Operating Company.

Other international shipping companies attending included MSK and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

During the Forum, ZPMC showed off its concept on R&D for smart terminals as well as its capabilities in providing One-Stop smart terminal solutions to global customers.
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​Huang Qingfeng, President and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of ZPMC, said that because of China’s Belt and Road foreign investment initiative, there were more new terminals under construction and old terminals being upgraded.

Building a new generation of terminals and achieving intelligent terminals has become an irresistible trend in the ports industry, he said.

ZPMC revealed plans to focus on four areas of container terminal automation, including exploring operating along the supply chain, paying close attention to customers’ needs, incorporating a new development strategy and creating a platform across multiple fields.

ZPMC is currently undergoing digital transformation, aiming to change itself into a provider of system integration solutions.

The company also aims to carry out cross-industry collaboration on smart terminals.

Moffatt & Nichol, Microsoft, the US terminal system supplier Navis, Port Machinery Group, Marketing and Service Center, also showed off terminal solutions at the forum.

Read more: APM Terminals Group recently met with ZPMC to discuss automation technologies including for STS and mobile machinery. 

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