CSP Abu Dhabi container terminal, operating within Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship deepwater port Khalifa Port, has announced its terminal will be the first in the Middle East to implement an autonomous port truck system.
Following a two-month trial period, a total of six electric Q-Trucks will be commissioned by CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal and tasked with supporting mother vessel loading and unloading activities within the facility’s container yard. Produced by Qomolo, the L5 Autonomous Freight Trucks are equipped with sensors, traffic monitoring and a driving guidance system.
Naser Al Busaeedi, Deputy CEO, CSP Abu Dhabi, says, “As well as being extremely efficient and cost effective, the new vehicles enable us to sustain our container handling operations for longer periods and continue operating in cases where business continuity becomes an operational challenge.”
The electric Q-Trucks are powered by a 281 kWh battery, can carry a maximum load of 80 tonnes, and have an operating range of 200km. Capable of operating for up to 44 hours continuously, the vehicle’s electrical systems are further enhanced by a temperature control system that helps extend battery life in extreme weather conditions.
In addition to the adoption of the autonomous port truck system, CSP Abu Dhabi is using a new fleet management system. This provides real-time monitoring and workflow management for landside handling equipment.