Chinese port of Shanghai will increase capacity to 40 million TEU by December 2017 after opening seven new berth with depth of 15.00 m in the deepwater port of Yangshan in Shanghai. The operator of the Yangshan Port, SIPG Corporation will launch Phase 4 of the terminal on December 10. The 1.95 billion USD project will expand the capacity of Yangshan Port by 11%, to 6.3 million TEU per year.
The construction of the deep-water port of Yangshan to the south of Shanghai began in 2002. The new port area was intended to ensure the development of the port in conditions of insufficient depths in the coastal zone. The first phase of the port development with a capacity of 2.2 million TEU per year was completed in December 2005. Donghai Bridge (32.5 km), which is the second longest transocean bridge in the world after the Shanghai-Ningbo bridge, connects Yangshan with the terminals of mainland Shanghai.
Since 2010, Shanghai is the largest container port in the world. Last year the port handled 37.1 million TEU, which is 1.6% more than in 2015. Since 2013, Shanghai has created a free economic zone, designed to promote the development of foreign trade.
With the opening of the Phase 4 terminal, Yangshan will become China’s largest automated container port with a fleet of 130 automatically operated AGV cranes.
In May 2017, the fully automated Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCTN) with a capacity of 5.2 million TEU was launched in Qingdao port. The terminal is equipped with seven gantry cranes STS with remote control, 38 automatic stackers (ASC) and 38 AGV.
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