Hutchison Port Holdings will spend $600m on building a state-of-the-art container terminal at Thailand’s largest port, Laem Chabang, enabling it to handle half of all the country’s sea trade.
The facility will feature the world’s first container terminal that will be fully equipped with remote control technologies and will set a new global standard in port operations, Hutchison Ports said in a press release. Terminal D will comprise a total of three phases and when eventually completed will add 3.5m teu of capacity to the fast-growing port.
Hutchison Ports Thailand & Southeast Asia md Stephen Ashworth stated: “We are proud to be able to contribute to the Thai government’s vision for economic prosperity and Terminal D is our latest investment boosting Laem Chabang Port’s ability to facilitate the country’s growing trade activities.”
The new Terminal D is an essential part of Thailand’ s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) under Thailand 4.0’s objective to modernize the economy through improved infrastructure and innovation. It will be capable of handling some of the largest ocean vessels currently in operation, offering customers more choice and flexibility, as well as improved efficiency and productivity.
Among the benefits of using remote control technology are higher operational efficiency and productivity, an improved working environment for crane operators, improved industrial safety and a cleaner terminal environment by reducing carbon emissions.
Hutchison began increasing the capacity of Terminal D in January, when it took delivery of three super-post-Panamax quay cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, as well as eight remote controlled rubber-tired gantry cranes.