Navis Supporting Asia’s First Fully Automated Terminal


Navis has announced that its N4 terminal operating system (TOS) has successfully launched the first phase of an automation project that is currently underway at Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal Co (QQCTN).

N4 will be an important component in the terminal being able to manage its maximum vessel size of 24,000 TEU.

Its capacity is well ahead of the times as the biggest containership currently operating is the 21,431 TEU OOCL Hong Kong.

The first vessel to pass through the terminal and test N4 was the 13,386 TEU COSCO France.

QQCTN achieved an average crane productivity of 26.1 moves per hour with seven ship-to-shore (STS) cranes executing 4,000 container exchanges.

The terminal aims to achieve more than 40 moves per hour with a utilized yard.

QQCTN, located in Qingdao, China, constructed its fully automated terminal in three and half years and went live commercially with its first deep-sea vessel call on May 11, 2017.

The automation project consists of three phases.

Phase one covers two berths with 1.5 million TEU, while additional phases plan to automate a total of six berths and support 5.2 million TEUs in the future.

Navis’ industry experience in helping terminals automate operations was a deciding factor in QQCTN choosing the N4 system.

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The terminal implemented N4 to leverage advanced functionality for automated equipment, including optimized scheduling and dispatching, and analytics.

Navis also supports dynamic interfaces to the Equipment Control System (ECS) and Qingdao’s in-house Terminal Management System (TMS) interfacing with local applications such as billing and vessel scheduling.

In addition to the Navis software, QQCTN showcases an array of innovative technologies including remote control ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, automated stacking cranes (ASC), automated guided vehicles (AGV), optical character recognition (OCR) and automatic twistlock handling machines.

Zhang Liangang, General Manager, QQCTN, said: “Navis’ experience with automation and the industry know-how of the Professional Services team shortened the terminal construction period in the QQCTN’s project.

“Continued close cooperation with Navis will push QQCTN to a better future that we are confident will raise the bar for modern terminal operations, performance and efficiency across the ocean supply chain.”

Mark Welles, Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific, Navis, said: “The collaboration between Navis N4 and QQCTN demonstrates that ‘PartnerShipping for Performance’ can produce exceptional results from the TOS system.

“QQCTN has achieved unprecedented operational productivity since beginning commercial operations, and is quickly proving to be one of the most advanced and capable container terminals in the world.

“We’re excited to have been a part of their tremendous progress, and look forward to helping them stay at the forefront of innovation to compete on the global stage.”

Chinese shipping and ports operator COSCO recently made an agreement with Qingdao Port to cooperate to develop port businesses in China and abroad.

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