China at the Forefront of Automated Container Terminals Market

Published On : 17 May 2018

International trading is on the rise owing to the prosperity of several emerging economies who have taken up manufacturing opportunities, and with that – the transportation industry is flourishing. And while there is enough meat to feed off and make profits, transportation companies are relentlessly looking for measures that can increase the efficiencies of their monotonous processes and the advent of automated container terminals has been a boon for them. Automated systems go a long way when it comes to remote monitoring and controlling the operations as well as stacking cranes. Primarily used for loading and unloading via a bridge crane and AVG (automated guided vehicle), these terminals not only increment overall efficiencies but also help in reducing carbon emission. Lower the human intervention, the greater is the efficiency of automated systems and the terminal arena works profitably.

Having emerged as the manufacturing hub, China remains at the forefront of the automated container terminal market and towards the end of 2017, the country opened up the world’s largest automated container terminal at the Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port. Once it starts to operate at full force, the terminal would be able to manage over 4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which can be later extended up to even 6.3 million TEUs. 

Until the last decade, only a handful of automated container terminals were installed cause of the substantial cost factors but in the past few years, the number has escalated rapidly. Intelligent cranes, be a part of semi automated or fully automated terminals, can enable cranes operate under changing circumstances and in term optimize the output and performance. 

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According to a recent business and commerce report featured at, the demand in the global automated container terminal market will multiply at a notable CAGR during the forecast period of 2017 to 2025. The report has segmented the market on the basis of type into semi-automated container terminals and fully automated container terminals. Application-wise, the market has been bifurcated into Greenfield projects and brownfield projects. The report also contains profiles of a number of leading companies operating in this market, such as ABB, Konecranes, Cargotec, Liebherr, Kunz, Camco Technologies, ZPMC, Identec Solutions, Inform Software, Orbcomm, Cyberlogitec, Paceco, Total Soft Bank (TSB), Tidework Technology, Logstar, Orbita Ports&Terminals, Loginno, Infyz Solutions, World Crane Services, and Starcomm Systems.

The analyst of the report has observed that more and more container terminal operators are opting for automated solutions in order to cater to the challenge of handling bigger ships, tall cranes, and greater call sizes. Across Asia and Europe, larger TEU ships are being deployed to meet the incrementing trading. By the option to increase container size via automated terminals, loop and port calls can be decreased.

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