New terminal with remote control cranes gets off the mark in Thailand with a call from the 14,053 TEU ONE Colomba
Hutchison Ports Thailand’s Terminal D welcomed the Ocean Network Express (ONE) Colomba on 27 November. With a length of 360m and a breadth of 51m the vessel is the largest yet to call at Laem Chabang.
Terminal D is Hutchison Thailand’s new terminal, and will feature remote controlled STS cranes and remote controlled RTGs. All the equipment is being supplied by ZPMC, with the remote control RTGs featuring a conductor bar and wireless data transmission system, which also manages auto steering, from Vahle. The terminal is a key step in Hutchison Ports’ plan to introduce automation and remote control at several terminals around the world.
The terminal is scheduled to begin full commercial operations in early 2019. For this call 2,269 containers were loaded to the vessel “in a fast accurate and safe manner" Hutchison Ports Thailand stated.
Terminal D is the first in Laem Chabang and Thailand to be able to handle a 14,000 TEU vessel. “On full completion, the new Terminal D will have a total quay length of 1,700 meters, with 17 super post panamax quay cranes and 43 electric rubber tyred gantry cranes (yard cranes) all using remote control technology. It will be one of the world’s first container terminals where all the quay and yard cranes will be operating using remote control. Terminal D will greatly facilitate the growth of container volumes at Laem Chabang Port, adding a further 3.5 million TEUs of capacity on full completion,” Hutchison ports Thailand added.
Pictured left to right: Captain Khanna Anil – Master of M.V.ONE COLUMBA, Mr. Kiyoshi Tokonami – Managing Director of ONE Thailand, Dr. Verapong Chaiperm – Chief Expert in Targeted Industries (EEC), Mr. Stephen Ashworth – Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Thailand, Mr. Yuttana Pulpipat – Director of Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau, H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima – Ambassador of Japan Embassy in Thailand, Pol. Sub.Lt. Montree Lergechumniel – Managing Director of Laem Chabang Port (Acting Director General of Port Authority of Thailand), Mr. Shinichi Sugiyama – Director of ONE Thailand, Mr. Surasak Thienbunlertrat – Director of ONE Thailand.