Beijing - Containers pile up below automated cranes in the container terminal of the Port of Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, where self-driving container haulers have replaced old-school trucks, as China’s state run news agency Xinhua report.
The smart container lifting system at the fully automated terminal enables rail mounted gantry cranes to lift containers without hoisting trucks underneath. “Integrated with AI, 5G and image recognition technologies, the system has greatly boosted the lifting efficiency. Now, the average crane capacity of the port is 36.1 containers per hour, 50 percent higher than the world average level,” Li Fengli, chairman of Qingdao Port (Group) Co., Ltd. told Xinhua.
In China, technologies such as big data, AI and 5G are making the likes of the Port of Qingdao increasingly automated, thus boosting the container business of the country. Blockchain technology can also help. “Based on blockchain, it becomes possible to obtain real-time information of the entire shipping process, thus improving the shipping efficiency,” Yin Lin, deputy director of the China Transport Telecommunication and Information Center under the Ministry of Transport, told China’s Smart Port Conference 2019, which concluded in Qingdao Friday.