Rio Grande container terminal to add OCR and digital stowage processes

Brazilian port and maritime logistics operator Wilson Sons is to use ABB’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system to improve the efficiency of the ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes at Rio Grande container terminal, including the adoption of its QuayPro module to digitalise container stowage confirmation processes.

The company has been using ABB’s automated gate systems both at its Rio Grande and Salvador container terminals since 2013, and will add the Crane OCR and QuayPro technologies to the existing gate system at the former location.

“This partnership means one more step towards our commitment to achieve even more efficient and sustainable operations, through technology and process automation,” said Paulo Bertinetti, Executive Director of the Rio Grande terminal.

The ABB Crane OCR system automates the process of capturing data as containers are loaded and discharged by STS cranes. Using AI imaging technology, the software captures container numbers, ISO codes, door orientation, bolt seal presence and hazardous material labels, as well as recording images for damage inspection purposes.

An integrated exception management system allows users to correct or adjust transactions in real time from a remote location.

The QuayPro module determines the actual stowage position of containers during vessel loading operations, providing input to the terminal operating system to create an outbound BAPLIE (bayplan/stowage plan occupied and empty locations message) file, in addition to confirming the accuracy of inbound stow positions.

Any deviation from the load or discharge plan is reported in real time to allow the terminal to adapt to dynamic variations.

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