Evergreen inaugurates Taiwan’s first automated container terminal

On August 14th, Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) held an official opening ceremony for the newly built fully-automated container terminal, Terminal 7, at Kaohsiung Port.

TIPC was responsible for the construction of the port infrastructure while Evergreen invested in operating system and handling equipment such as ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes, automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (ARMGC), reach stackers and side loaders.

In line with the trend of the global container shipping industry and the operation demands of mega container ships, Terminal 7 is equipped with 5 berths with a draft of 18 meters, a quay length of 2,415 meters, and 24 STS gantry cranes, including 19 remote-controlled ones.

Among them, 16 gantry cranes are 55.5 meters high and can handle ultra-large container ships with 25 rows of containers on deck, aiming to impove the quayside operation efficiency.

The Terminal will also have 5G communication systems, optical fiber connectivity, and Internet of Things (IoT) information networks covering the entire site, together with Evergreen’s intelligent terminal operating system (EMCTOS), optical character recognition (OCR) technology and real-time power consumption monitoring system.

The five berths of Terminal 7 will be inaugurated in two phases. Currently, Berth S5, S4 and S3B have become operational while Berth S1, S2 and S3A are scheduled to commence operations during July 2024.

When fully operated next year, Terminal 7 will allow four 24,000 teu container ships and two feeder vessels to berth at the same time. With a yard area of 149 hectares, the facility is able to store 89,238 teu of laden containers and 43,656 teu of empty containers.

By building the new automatic quayside operations and the unmanned yard in Terminal 7, we are able to provide more efficient, eco-friendly service to our customers and offer better working environment for local employees, taking yet another step toward our goal of sustainable operations.

… said EMC Chairman, Y.I. Chang

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