Nov 06, 2020

Coal terminal applies cutting-edge digital tool

Coal terminal applies cutting-edge digital tool

An Australian-first technology designed by Gladstone Ports Corporation to improve ship-loading operations is rolling out at the RG Tanna Coal Terminal.

GPC’s operations systems team has been working on the online interactive tool, which displays a real-time view of coal loading onto vessels.

The technology will feature in GPC’s Digital Twin Decision Automation system along with 60 other digital components, which can track movements of trains and dozers as well as communicate with customers and record data.

The ship-loading feature shows the vessel capacity, with live loading targets and guides operators for accurate blending.

It’s expected to streamline the supply chain process by giving a real-time view of processes to operators, planners, supervisors, and agents.

Acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said the technology was all part of GPC’s 50-year vision to create brighter prospects for future generations and maximise trade through the port.

“Our Operations Teams have been contacted by some of the world’s biggest mining and technology giants to help them develop a similar automation system,” he said.

“It’s humbling to see we’re leading the way when it comes to port technology and it’s critical we continue to develop systematic and sustainable technology to facilitate the continued growth of trade.”