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SPG's Qingdao Port ready for the era of mega vessels

|chinadaily.com.cn |Updated: September 24, 2020

Shandong Port Group's Qingdao Port has become a trusted strategic partner for shipping companies thanks to advantages such as its deep waterways, excellent facilities and efficient handling services, which can provide simultaneous berthing services for several of the world's largest container vessels.

On Sept 23, 12 ships berthed at Qingdao Qianwan United Container Terminal (QQCTU) at the same time, three of which loaded and unloaded over 8,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) containers, and two of which were the world's most advanced 20,000 TEU-class container vessels. Thirty-three bridge cranes were used along the wharf to service these vessels, creating a remarkable scene.

Aiming to solve challenges such as the centralized arrival of vessels, large-volume containers and tight vessel schedules, QQCTU contacted the planning centers of the shipping companies involved. It formulated plans for every ship in terms of allocating resources, arranging berths, organizing yards and special cargo operations in an effort to ensure the vessels were handled efficiently.

The container vessel COSCO SHIPPING VIRGO that docked at Berth No 102 of QQCTU loaded and unloaded 10 OOG (out of gauge) cargoe, setting a record for 2020 for the amount of OOG cargo. Considering the difficulties of handling OOG cargo, such as inconsistent sizes, variants in the center of gravity and complex operation processes, QQCTU formed a special team for OOG cargo operation in advance. The team calculated the size, weight and lifting point to optimize the hoisting system for OOG cargo and ensure operation risks were under control.

Going forward, SPG's Qingdao Port is set to improve its overall capabilities in serving mega vessels and offering supporting logistics services in a bid to provide lasting professional and efficient port services for customers.


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