Hutchison Ports Sohar raises efficiency with new autogate system

SOHAR: Following the success of the Truck Appointment System (TAS), which was launched in January 2016, Hutchison Ports Sohar is set to launch the first phase of the automated gate system this December.
The new system uses smart card technology, optical character recognition (OCR) cameras and unmanned gate kiosks to allow registered drivers to simply drive through Hutchison Ports Sohar terminal gates with no documentation or delays.
Drivers will no longer need to exit their vehicles while shipping and logistics companies can expect easier gate transactions with Hutchison Ports Sohar.
According to Albert Pang, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar, gate automation, when combined with the TAS, will make pick-ups and deliveries from the terminal more secure and up to ten times faster.
“Gate automation is the latest innovation from Hutchison Ports Sohar.
We are continuously looking for new ways to optimise and modernise operations at our Sohar Port terminal.
With these new technologies, we aim to benefit our stakeholders, including drivers and logistics service providers, as well as the economy of Oman.
“Container terminals are always aiming for more efficient operations and higher productivity, this is why automated terminals are fast becoming the norm, “ he continued.