ICTSI’s Ecuadorian terminal deploys OCR technology to automate crane fleet

15 April 2012 (Last Updated April 15th, 2012 18:30)

Contecon Guayaquil, a unit of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) operating the Guayaquil Container and Multipurpose Terminals (GCMT) in Ecuador has deployed an optical character recognition technology (OCR) to automate its quay crane fleet.

Guayaquil Container and Multipurpose Terminals (GCMT), Ecuador

Contecon Guayaquil, a unit of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) operating the Guayaquil Container and Multipurpose Terminals (GCMT) in Ecuador has deployed an optical character recognition technology (OCR) to automate its quay crane fleet.

The OCR system has been delivered by US-based APS Technology Group.

Contecon Guayaquil uses APS Matchmaker System which automatically associates containers to terminal- owned trucks during hand-off, allowing the terminal operator to assign work without manual intervention.

The Quay Cranes fitted with OCR devices will automatically identify containers helping the Ecuadorian terminal operators to improve data accuracy, throughput and security while decreasing overall operating costs.

Contecon Guayaquil project manager Jaime Guazhco said the use of APS solution with company’s new weight capture system has improved productivity and processing time significantly.

"Several time-consuming manual steps have been removed from the process, so throughput is faster and provides a much safer environment," Guazhco said.

Contecon Guayaquil has also implemented a spreader based system for container weight capture which automatically collects information in real time, improving container processing time.

All data generated from the combined solution is then integrated to the Navis Sparcs terminal operating system (TOS).

Manila International Container Terminal, operated by ICTSI was the first terminal to deploy OCR technology, while its subsidiary in Brazil, Tecon Suape is expected to implement the technology at the Suape Container Terminal in Pernambuco province.

ICTSI operates and manages ports across the world and the company is currently involved in the operations and development of 23 marine terminals and port projects in 17 countries.

Image: Quay Cranes equipped with OCR devices automatically identify containers at Contecon Guayaquil terminal. Photo: ICTSI