China launches first e-tagged container vessel

March 10th, 2008 - 10:06 pm ICT by admin  

Shanghai, March 10 (Xinhua) A Chinese vessel with e-tagged containers sailed Monday from Shanghai to Savannah port in the United States, marking the opening of the world’s first international e-tagged container route. The doorbell-sized e-tags installed on the 20-foot container equivalent units (TEU), will record information about every procedure in the TEU’s whole transportation process, such as the delivery and off-loading time, the real-time TEU condition and the time and place of the legal or illegal opening.

The information will be transmitted through a wireless regional web network to a website for monitoring.

If a container is illegally opened en route, the e-tag will automatically record the “intrusion” and present a red alarm signal on the website.

The vessel, “Ningbo”, of the China Shipping Container Liners Co., Ltd, will arrive in Savannah in about one month.

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