Norman Global Logistics in Shanghai are celebrating the port’s successful launch of automated container handling operations, a move that will further boost the status of the world’s busiest container port.

In a bid to increase handling efficiency and reduce emissions, automated container operations commenced trial at Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port last weekend.

Located at the south of Donghai Bridge, phase 4 of the Yangshan Port covers 2.23 million sq m and will have an initial capacity of 4m teu when it enters service, which will eventually rise to 6.3m teu.

In addition to a domestically developed automated management system to ensure safety and efficiency, the project uses a bridge crane, automated guided vehicle (AGV) and a rail-mounted gantry crane all designed and manufactured in China.

At launch there will be 26 bridge cranes, 120 rail-mounted gantry cranes and 130 AGVs available at the Yangshan automated container port.

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