The Port of Felixstowe is believed to be the first port in Europe to introduce autonomous terminal tractor units into mixed traffic container terminal operations. The first two battery-powered units to enter service at the UK's largest container port have been supplied by manufacturer Westwell.
Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said: "These new autonomous trucks represent a significant technological step forward for the Port of Felixstowe. The tools underpinning port operations have evolved continuously and we already have a range of very advanced systems and equipment in place but this is the first time we will have wholly driverless vehicles.”
The ATs have been through a thorough commissioning and testing program. They are to be used initially to transport containers between the port's Trinity and North Rail terminals.