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DP World Vancouver to upgrade yard operations with enCompass Solutions Group

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DP World Vancouver (DPWV) has awarded the contract to design, supply and implement its advanced collision avoidance and personnel detection system at its new Intermodal Yard (IY) to enCompass Solutions Group.

A statement said the new system will be a key component to DPWV’s Centerm Expansion Project (CEP). It also said that enCompass Solutions Group will collaborate will key project stakeholders to deliver what it called “one of the most advanced intermodal operations in North America”.

Additionally, Chinese-state port equipment manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) will supply the rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes, and the subsequent control systems by TMEIC.

The advanced Real-Time Location System (RTLS), designed to identify personnel and equipment in the IY, will be supplied by Yardeye GMBH. Integration, installation, and system visualization is proudly being performed by enCompass Solutions Group.

The principal goal of the RTLS will be the protection of people and equipment during full operation of DP World Vancouver’s remotely operated IY, ensuring a suspended load never travels overhead of personnel or equipment within the IY and ensuring only authorized personnel can access and operate within the IY.

Joel Werner, Director, Engineering & Projects at DP World Canada states, “CEP will increase terminal capacity by 70% with only a 15% increase to the terminal footprint.  This is an ambitious goal, and the Yardeye RTLS technology is critical to realizing the required operational efficiencies while meeting DP World’s commitment to the safety of all personnel working on the terminal.”

The Yardeye RTLS will provide a dynamic Collision Avoidance System (CAS) for personnel, ITVs, and RMG cranes, and to increase IY efficiency it will provide precise railcar positioning for accurate Terminal Operating System (TOS) functionality.

All data will be collected and processed at the core of the system and will continuously communicate and log live location and identification data to the enCompass Solutions Group Yard Controller.

“We consider it a privilege to have been selected for this high-profile and leading-edge project and are committed to delivering success for DP World Vancouver,” said Mr. Adam Knipfel, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of enCompass Solutions Group.

The expansion of this terminal is expected to be substantially complete in late 2021 and will expand the terminal’s design capacity to 1.5 million TEUs per year, an increase of two-thirds of its current capacity.

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