Tianjin Port Group, which manages the largest port in Northern China, has announced innovative plans to build a digital twin of the facility as part of efforts to make it more automated and intelligent.
Tianjin Port, the main maritime gateway to Beijing, will benefit from a three part plan which will see construction of new automated terminals, the upgrading of traditional terminals, and a comprehensive programme of digital transformation. The project will be supported by a partnership with Huawei.
The port’s Section C Terminal was the world’s first smart, zero-carbon port terminal when it entered large-scale commercial operations in October 2021. It benefits from 5G and L4 autonomous driving technologies to make it both safer and more efficient. At the terminal, container cranes operate automatically alongside intelligent robots. Remotely controlled quay cranes lift containers from cargo ships and load them onto the robots for horizontal transportation. The robots are guided to automatic locking and unlocking stations and on to the container yard along optimal driving routes that are calculated in real time.
Yang Jiemin, Vice President of Tianjin Port Group, said the solution represents a new model for upgrading and transforming existing traditional container terminals worldwide: “These innovations are having a huge impact on the port industry, creating new value by improving operating environments, driving green and low-carbon development, and increasing operational efficiency,” he said. “We believe that these practices will promote the intelligent development of the global port industry.”
“Ports are a vital link in maritime transportation, connecting trade and supply markets across the globe,” added Yue Kun, CTO of Huawei’s Smart Road, Waterway & Port BU. “Building more efficient smart ports is becoming an increasingly pressing requirement for the global supply chain.”
The Port of Tianjin boasts 300,000-ton-class terminals with a channel depth of 22 metres. It has 213 berths and container throughput that ranks it among the top 10 ports worldwide.