Valenciaport, comprising the ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandia, is one of the largest and most important maritime cargo gateways in Spain and the Mediterranean, with an annual throughput of nearly 4.5 million TEU of container traffic and 66 million tonnes of cargo.
The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) commissioned Orbita Ingeniería to automate operations at Valencia’s Southern Access, the common control point through which all container and bulk cargo trucks pass when entering and exiting the different port terminals.
Allied with the installation of radioactive cargo detection systems as part of the US SLD Megaports programme, the specific brief was to fully automate the exit process at the Southern Access. On average, 1200-1500 trucks leave the port daily through this control point. Before the project, exit processes were manually controlled by means of a document scanning procedure in up to three exit lanes, requiring constant staff presence at the gates.
PAV’s brief covered the design and control engineering of an exit lane automation system, integrated both with the Megaports radiation detection portals and the Spanish Tax Agency Customs office system, so as to eliminate operator intervention in the process.