Global Automated Container Terminal Market Size, Share and Forecast 2019-2025

Posted by nabeel on January 27th, 2021

The global automated container terminal market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4.0% during the forecast period. The emerging focus on port automation is offering an opportunity for the growth of the market. The major driving factor for the automation in ports is to minimize the cost per handled container (cost per move) in the terminal. Improved consistency, safety predictability, and reliability of operations, along with reduced environmental impact, are some crucial factors to drive the automation in ports. The integration of Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) additionally leads to the economical use of land, which is important as coastal portland is normally costly and require for other purposes except container handling.

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In addition, reduction in labor costs is further attributing to the demand for port automation. This may contribute to the increasing number of automated container terminals in several countries. Some ports have semi-automated and fully automated terminals that enable faster, safer, and reliable cargo handling operations. The APMT and RWG container terminals at Maasvlakte 2, a major civil engineering project in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands are completely automated and unmanned. This involves the use of robots with a height of over 125 metres. It has a capacity of 2.35 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU). 

As the container business is expanding and ships are carrying more containers, it is essential to handle containers faster and efficiently. The major driving factor for automated terminal includes artificial intelligence devices which come in a range of shapes and sizes. Rolls-Royce is developing cargo vessels that don’t require a crew, which will be controlled from land, referred to as drone ships. It can be cost-effective, safer, and more efficient as compared to crew-manned vessels. Almost everything is automated at the RWG terminal, as ships are loaded and unloaded using automatic cranes.

The port has remote process operators that monitor the movement of a crane. A crane enables to lifts a container and loads it onto an automated guided vehicle which further transport containers to the storage area. They are also completely automated and unmanned. Further, in April 2018, the biggest automated port terminal across the globe opens in Shanghai. This new terminal can handle 6.3 million 20-foot shipping containers, weighing up to 136 million tons in a year. Increasing investment in ports in the country is further expected to drive the demand for automated container terminal in the country.

Global Automated Container Terminal Market- Segmentation

By Automation

  • Semi-Automated
  • Fully Automated

By Project Type

  • Greenfield
  • Brownfield
  • By Offering
  • Software and Services
  • Equipment

Global Automated Container Terminal Market– Segment by Region

North America

  • US
  • Canada


  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe


  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific

Rest of the World

  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

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