The Port of Kaohsiung 7th Container Terminal, a central pillar in current efforts to expand handling capacity and solidify the port’s position as a major hub for global container shipping, is proceeding according to plan and schedule. As work on phase-one and phase-two wharves, yards, and buildings wraps up during the latter half of 2022 and 2023, respectively, operating authority over the terminal will be transferred on long-term lease to Evergreen Marine, which will begin installing related equipment and begin using the terminal, adding significant new container volume and value to the port.
Each of the 7th Container Terminal’s 5 deep-draft wharves will be capable of handling container ships up to 24,000 TEU. The terminal’s 700m deep container yard / work area covers 149 hectares, providing 4.5 million TEU in annual handling capacity with potential expansion in the future to 6.5 million TEU. The terminal provides an exception platform for developing a large, state-of-the-art automated container-handling hub.
Discussions among TIPC, Evergreen Marine, and Union-Tech Engineering Consultants settled on a multistage approach that would ultimately give the terminal state-of-the-art, fully automated yard operations featuring smart-technology systems, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), auto straddle carriers (ASCs), Internet of Things interoperability, and 5G network support. Furthermore, flexibility is being designed into systems and infrastructures to allow futurer expansion and requisite upgrades to accommodate and embrace continuing advances in automation tech and secure Port of Kaohsiung’s status at the fore of global smart-port trends for decades to come.
The 7th Container Terminal and ICT Phase-2 are the two major construction projects tailored to solidify Port of Kaohsiung’s hub-port credentials and competitiveness. Because these two new terminals must efficiently deliver core port services while allowing facilities to adjust smoothly and smartly to the fast-changing needs of global shipping, innovation has defined each step and every aspect of the planning, design, and implementation process.
TIPC remains committed to continuously providing an innovative, sustainable and modern operating environment for its shipping industry clients. Regularly improved container handling efficiencies not only contribute to domestic economic growth but also advance all of the ports in the TIPC group along the path of smart transformation, security and safety, streamlined operations, and environmental friendliness.
Information update: Multistage implementation plan for realizing fully automated container yards.
• ‘Highly Automated’ Yards (short-term)
The 7th Container Terminal will initially install new automated gantry cranes to promote automation in container stacking areas, realizing immediate and significant gains in efficiency and a high return on investment. In addition, Evergreen Marine will install Taiwan’s first remotely controlled container cranes with a 25-row outreach, capable of handling super-post-Panamax container ships.
• ‘Fully Automated’ Yards (long-term)
Sufficient maturation in AI yard, automated crane, and 5G technologies and unmanned vehicle positioning capabilities will bring about a further, major upgrade in terminal automation efficiency. At this time, surface transportation will be replaced with automated systems as the next critical step in achieving fully automated, large-scale container terminal operations.