"When manually driven trucks work in terminals, drivers will encounter many hazards and frequent interaction with cranes in a noisy environment. And truck drivers need to work during the night under high intensity, which can cause problems such as fatigue and the lack of concentration. These issues also increase the probability of incidents," Wang said.
Industry players told the Global Times on Thursday that ZPMC has an advantage in leading the coming smart port era, but also faces strong competition in the industry.
The phase 4 of the Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port, supported by ZPMC's smart solution system, is now the world's biggest automated container terminal, and the phase 4 was put into operation in December 2017.
"The biggest advantage ZPMC has is its absolute leadership in the crane manufacturing industry, and it's creating a quite complete smart port solution," an industry insider, also a customer of ZPMC, told the Global Times on Thursday. The person asked to remain anonymous since he is not allowed to speak to the media.
According to the company's website, ZPMC's quayside container cranes and rubber-tired gantry cranes have a 70 percent world market share, and has remained to be the largest port machinery makers for 11 consecutive years.
"With the company's overwhelming share, people would prefer to adopt ZPMC's smart port solutions, especially when building a new port, since they will consider buying port equipment from ZPMC anyway," the insider explained, but mentioned that when it comes to the upgrading of traditional ports, ZPMC might face challenges from its counterparts.
One strong competitor is Finnish company Konecranes, a smart port solutions provider, which introduced the new generation of its ARTG system on October 31. Konecranes was the first company to develop an ARTG system on a wide commercial scale, according to a company statement.
Angelo de Jong, chief technology officer of the United Arab Emirates-based Abu Dhabi Terminals, who has cooperated with ZPMC since 2004, told the Global Times on Thursday that his company signed an equipment purchasing contract with ZPMC recently for port expansion projects.
However, for the detailed plans on upgrading the port, he can't make a final decision in the short run. "I'm now comparing solutions provided by ZPMC and other companies," he said, adding that ZPMC has a price advantage.
Despite a fierce competition, Zhu Lianyu, chairman of ZPMC, stressed the significance of cooperation and globalization at the preliminary stages of constructing smart ports.
"It's important for us to jointly promote the construction of global port terminals and establish an international standard for the technology of port equipment," Zhu said at the forum.
In the future, it is even possible that an operator could just stay in one country, while controlling different ports remotely across the world, said Wang Chen, a market specialist of ZPMC electric group.
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