ZPMC: New ‘Intelligent’ Straddle Carrier


Leading port machinery company Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (ZPMC) has announced a new generation of intelligent straddle carrier technologies, including an autonomous navigation system.

ZPMC’s dual-operation straddle carrier, which is currently undergoing testing,  is a brand new product that incorporates modular design, diesel and battery hybrid capability, wheel-side synchronous motor drive and eight-wheel hydraulic independent steering.

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More than half of the 1,000 terminals worldwide use straddle carriers for horizontal transportation, but ZPMC has found that intelligent, automated straddle carriers account for less than 5% of the market.

Larry Li, ZPMC North America Inc. President commented: “ZPMC’S ability to deploy automated straddle carriers as a cost-efficient, modular retrofit solution unlocks new opportunities, not only for current straddle carrier operations but also for current RTG terminal operations.

“A conservative estimate indicates that automated straddle carriers will reach 20 percent of the global market in the next five to 10 years.”

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