Hutchison Ports Thailand, the country’s leading port operator, opened its new Visitors Centre at Terminal D at Laem Chabang, underscoring Thailand’s main gateway port’s position as an emerging global shipping hub and Terminal D as the Hutchison Ports Group’s innovation flagship in South East Asia. The Visitors Centre showcases Hutchison Ports’ smart technologies in a real-time setting amid Terminal D’s operations.
Terminal D at Leam Chabang is Hutchison Ports’ flagship terminal for port technology in South East Asia due to its prime location at the heart of the ASEAN region with easy access to the rest of the Asia Pacific and beyond. Laem Chabang Port is a key infrastructure in the Eastern Economic Corridor, driving Thailand’s transition into a premium economy under the government’s Thailand 4.0 vision.
Mr. Stephen Ashworth, Managing Director – Thailand & South East Asia of Hutchison Ports, said “The new Visitors Centre at Terminal D showcases Hutchison Ports’ significant investments in the very latest port technology, making it one of the most advanced container terminals in the region capable of handling some of the largest container vessels currently in operation. The centre displays Hutchison Ports’ world-leading remote control technology at Terminal D, including our online e-tracking service and our ‘ubi’ mobile application for customers and other port users.”
Hutchison Ports Thailand is planning new innovations for Terminal D including the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), a blockchain technology connecting ocean carriers and port users; self-driving technology for trucks both at the quay and within the yard, and an automated gate entry and exit system where trucks can be identified remotely.
Mr. Ashworth added, “Our technology is aligned with the Port Authority of Thailand’s plan to transform Laem Chabang into a ‘smart port’. We are proud to be a key part of the progressive transformation of Laem Chabang as a cornerstone investment for the future of Thailand’s economy.”
The new Visitors Centre is located at Terminal D, showcasing all of Hutchison Ports’ smart technologies in a real-time setting. It will also serve as a training centre for our employees from around the world.
Terminal D is nearing 50% completion, with a total of 1,000 metres of berth, 6 super post panamax ship-to-shore cranes and 20 supporting rubber tyred yard cranes, all equipped with remote control technology. The terminal has already been handling 14,000 TEU class vessels which have a gross tonnage of 150,000 tons and a length overall of in excess of 360 metres. When completed, Terminal D will have a total quay length of 1,700 meters, with 17 super post-panamax ship-to-shore cranes and 43 electric rubber tyred yard cranes, which will increase Hutchison Ports Thailand’s and Laem Chabang Port’s capacity by a further 3.5 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units of containers).