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Smart Ship Loading & Container Truck Positioning

As international trade continues to grow and port logistics expand, improving the efficiency and safety of container loading and unloading is essential. To achieve this, ports and enterprises must invest in automation and intelligent technology, adopt advanced equipment and systems, and improve operational precision and efficiency.

The intelligent 3D simulation system for ship-loading uses high-performance LiDAR from Beneweke, which can monitor distance, collisions, and material status in real-time and from all angles during the loading process. This improves the efficiency and safety of ship-loading operations. Moreover, the laser radar is the most accurate positioning sensor on the market and can provide centimeter-level accuracy for automatic container grabbing by port gantry cranes and other equipment. These technological applications help to reduce operational risks and provide more efficient and safer ship-loading services for enterprises.

Core Advantages




Wide FoV

120°×25.6°, it can monitor large-sized ship holds, providing comprehensive detection coverage

Dual Echo

The detection shall be reliable even in dust

Gaze Function

Fully adjustable across the entire field of view, doubling the resolution in focused areas of interest




High Protection Level

Featuring IP67 protection, it can operate stably in high humidity and heavy dust environments

Fine Target Perception

Clear target contours, capable of outputting 3D positional differences

All-Weather Monitoring

Operating 24/7, it reduces personnel costs

Smart Ship Loading at the Port

The Smart Ship Loading System employs multiple high-performance 3D LiDARs manufactured by Benewake to provide collision avoidance warnings during unloading and volume measurement functions, thus achieve intelligent ship loading. The system covers a complete loading process, including automatic ship detection, ship hold positioning, and gantry tube positioning.

Accurate Pile Identification to Prevent Ship Tipping

Bulk cargo loading requires real-time monitoring of unloading positions and pile volumes to prevent ship tipping. Benewake LiDARs with high resolution and frame rates can monitor unloading positions and pile volumes in real-time. They issue alerts when improper unloading sequences or excessive piling on one side of the ship hold is detected. This helps operators adjust unloading operations promptly to ensure safe and efficient unloading.

Accurate Feature Recognition to Avoid Collision Risks

When loading bulk materials, it's crucial to have precise control over the position and extension of the gantry tube to prevent collisions between the tube and the ship hold, which can result in the ship tipping over. Benewake LiDARs can precisely identify the features of both the gantry tube and the ship hold, determine their position, and record the gantry tube's trajectory. Alerts will be triggered when collision risks are detected, preventing collisions and reducing onboard guidance manpower, thereby improving operational efficiency.

Accurate Unloading Identification to Enhance Efficiency and Reduce Dust Pollution

During unloading, excessive lifting speed of the gantry tube can cause dust pollution, while slow lifting speed can affect efficiency. Benewake LiDARs with high frame rates and strong real-time monitoring capabilities can judge the lifting speed of the gantry tube based on the status of the pile and dust. Alerts are issued promptly when excessive or insufficient lifting speed is detected, thus guiding operators to perform precise operations and improve unloading efficiency.

Success Cases

                   The Automatic Ship Loading Project at the Chizhou Port



Container Truck Positioning

LiDAR mounted on gantry crane hoists can be used for both loaded and unloaded container trucks. In typical scenarios, LiDAR generates point clouds and gives relative 3D positions of containers, container trucks, operation markers, and the environment, providing dynamic positional references for automated operations to ensure production safety.

LiDAR enables features like centimeter-level target positioning, perception of relative environmental positions of targets, target center trajectories, and perception of target swing angles.


                        Point Cloud - Container Lifting Process                         Point Cloud - Empty Container Truck & Positioning Pillar

Success Cases

                   Container Truck Positioning Project


Container Crane Components                                                Front View of Container Crane

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