Hutchison Ports Thailand, the leading port operator in Thailand, today at a media briefing introduced its US$600 million Terminal D facility at Laem Chabang, featuring the world’s first container terminal that will be fully equipped with remote control technologies. 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.
Terminal D will set a new global standard of port operations which, on its eventual completion will greatly facilitate the growth of container volumes at Laem Chabang, adding much-needed capacity by 3.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). An initial phase of Terminal D, comprising 3 of the largest quay cranes in the world using remote control technology, will come into operation in mid-2018.
Speaking on the development of Terminal D at the media briefing, Mr. Stephen Ashworth, Managing Director – Thailand & South East Asia of Hutchison Ports 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 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.
On full completion, the new Terminal D will have a total quay length of 1,700 meters, with 17 super post panamax quay cranes and 43 electric rubber tyred gantry cranes (yard cranes) using remote control technology. The benefits include:
Mr. Ashworth said: “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.”