Remote-Controlled Terminal to Open in Thailand

Hutchison Ports plans to open a fully-remote-controlled container terminal in Laem Chabang, Thailand, in June. The new $600 million, 1.7 kilometer Terminal D will become operational in 3 phases with final completion planned for 2024. It will increase Laem Chabang's capacity by 3.5 million TEUs, and both quay and gantry cranes are remotely controlled. 3 super post-Panamax quay cranes and 8 electric rubber tire gantry cranes, were built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC). The automation will result in around 25% fewer employees compared to conventional terminals.

The Terminal D development is expected to benefit from increased trade as a result of China's belt and road initiative. Hutchison is already the largest port operator in Thailand, running two of the three existing terminals at Laem Chabang.