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Port of Sohar Opens New Auto Gate System

May 14, 2017

Photo: Sohar Port and Freezone

Photo: Sohar Port and Freezone

 As the container terminal operator at Sohar Port in Oman, Hutchison Ports is taking its next bold step towards modernisation and full automation, with the launch of its new Auto Gate system at Terminal C. 

 
The Terminal already features remote-controlled quayside cranes capable of handling next generation 20,000 TEU vessels.
 
“Auto Gate promises to make container shipments at Hutchison Ports SOHAR even faster and more secure, strengthening the Port’s already excellent reputation as the new Gateway to the Gulf,” said Albert Pang, CEO of Hutchison Ports SOHAR. 
 
He continued: “We recently introduced an automated truck appointment system in SOHAR; the introduction of Auto Gate will continue to reduce our already fast turnaround times for shippers and trucking companies alike.”
 
The Auto Gate system utilises a combination of smart technologies, allowing truck drivers to pass through the container terminal gates with no paper documentation and no delays. Drivers can remain inside their vehicles at all times during security checks, inspections and container movements. 
 
The new system includes machine-readable cards to store driver information; character-recognition cameras to read truck plate numbers; self-service kiosks for inputting shipping codes; and RFID tags to further improve terminal security.
 
Sohar Port and Freezone is a deep sea port and free zone in the Middle East, situated in the Sultanate of Oman midway between Dubai and Muscat. 
 
Hutchison Ports Sohar is a joint venture between Hutchison Ports, the government of the Sultanate of Oman, C. Steinweg of the Netherlands, and a number of well-established Omani investors
 
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