Laem Chabang Terminal D. Laem Chabang in Photos.
Hutchison Ports Thailand and Thailand Maritime and Port Authorities officially opened Terminal D at Laem Chabang Port on January 30, 2019. The milestone was more than a symbolic launch; it was also a historic one for Thailand and the world as a whole. Terminal D is the first container terminal of its’ kind in Thailand (and in the world, according to Hutchinson) to have all of its ship-to-shore quay cranes (QCs) and rubber tyred gantry yard cranes (RTGCs) operated using remote control technology.
With opening of Terminal D, initial 400 meters of berth have become fully operational, with 3 remote control QCs and 10 remote control RTGCs.
Hutchinson plans, by the end of 2019, to complete first phase of Terminal, with 1,000 meters of berth, and remotely controlled 6 QCs and 20 RTGCs. 24 containers wide QCs are among the largest in the world, enabling Terminal to handle ships of New Panamax sizes with capacity 14,000 TEU. There’s no need yet to plan ULCV handling, it is unlikely, that the shipping lines will include Laem Chabang in ULCV services, at least for the time being.
When fully built, US$ 600 mil Terminal D will operate a total of 1,700 meters of berth, with 17 QCs and 43 RTGCs, adding 3.5 million TEU to the port’s annual traffic.
A remote-control QC can handle 30 or more moves per hour which is about 20% higher than for a conventionally operated QC. Terminal D is fitted with all the anti-collision features based on sensor and CCTV technology.
Terminal D lifts operators’ environment to a new level of safety and comfort. Mr. Stephen Ashworth, Hutchison Ports’ Managing Director of Thailand & South East Asia, said: “I’ll tell you who are really happy – the operators. It’s like an office environment in the centralized remote-control center located above the Terminal D gate house”.
Hutchison Ports Thailand, however, has no plans to duplicate the Terminal D model to its existing Terminals A2, A3, C1 and C2 at Laem Chabang Port. These terminals will continue “as is”, as conventional operations primarily handling smaller container vessels.
In November 2018, Hutchison Ports Terminal D handled the largest ever container ship to call Thailand, Ocean Network Express’ ONE COLUMBA (IMO 9806055, dwt 138611, capacity 14,000 TEU).
In year 2017, Laem Chabang handled 7.7 million TEU.
March 9, 2019
Terminal D Photos
Laem Chabang photos taken by me in recent years, visiting my friends Captains:
Captain and Chief Engineer
I on container ship Bridge
Laem Chabang view from bridges of container ships and bulk carriers