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Hutchison launches new container terminal at Laem Chabang Port

Leading Thailand port operator Hutchison Ports Thailand introduced its $600m Terminal D facility at Port of Laem Chabang, where the first section will comprise 400m of deepwater berths, three super post-panamax quay cranes and 10 supporting electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes, and will be ready for operations in mid-2018.

The facility will feature the world’s first container terminal that will be fully equipped with remote control technologies and will set a new global standard in port operations, Hutchison Ports said in a press release. Terminal D will comprise a total of three phases and when eventually completed will add 3.5m teu of capacity to the fast-growing port.

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Hutchison Ports Thailand & Southeast Asia md Stephen Ashworth said: “We are proud to be able to contribute to the Thai government’s vision for economic prosperity and Terminal D is our latest investment boosting Laem Chabang Port’s ability to facilitate the country’s growing trade activities.”

The new Terminal D is an integral part of Thailand’ s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) under Thailand 4.0’s objective to modernize the economy through improved infrastructure and innovation.

The new terminal will be capable of handling some of the largest ocean vessels currently in operation, offering customers more choice and flexibility, as well as improved efficiency and productivity.

Among the benefits of using remote control technology are higher operational efficiency and productivity, an improved working environment for crane operators, improved industrial safety and a cleaner terminal environment by reducing carbon emissions.

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“The Hutchison Ports network includes 52 ports in 26 countries around the globe. We bring significant expertise to Laem Chabang, as well as global best practices, the world’s leading technology, and strong relationships with the world’s leading shipping lines. With the Government’s support, our advanced technologies will help to ensure Thailand’s sustainable growth,” concluded Ashworth.

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