A view of Mawan Port, the first 5G smart port built in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Courtesy of Shenzhen Customs
Driverless trucks in operation at Mawan Port on Sunday. Courtesy of Shenzhen Customs
China Merchants Port Group initiated the operation of Mawan smart port in the Shenzhen West Port area Sunday.
Mawan Port, after a three-year renovation, has been upgraded into a port with two container berths for 200,000-ton ships.
Covering 983,600 square meters, the smart port was designed with a capacity of handling 3 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) a year. It is the first 5G-based smart port built in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and is equipped with China Merchants ePort smart technology system, artificial intelligence, BeiDou positioning system, automation, smart port, blockchain and low-carbon technologies.
During the inauguration ceremony Sunday, a container was remotely controlled and loaded onto a driverless truck which followed a route in the system to the container yard. The container was then hoisted by a crane and placed at its designated location. The automated operation reduced the number of employees on site as well as safety risks.
The smart port is expected to help reduce emissions of 1,350 tons of nitrogen dioxide, 450 tons of carbon monoxide and 15 tons of sulfur dioxide.
The smart technologies will also help improve customs clearance and supervision efficiency. According to Shenzhen Customs, the whole process of container handling including loading, unloading, inspections, logistics and fee settlements could be checked online.