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DP World Callao, Peru’s first container terminal.

DP Word Callao is the largest and most automated container terminal in Peru. It is also South America’s fifth largest container terminal. The terminal is located in a densely populated area at the outskirts of Lima, Peru’s capital. It is situated just in front of the Fortaleza del Real Felipe, built in 1640, overlooking Lima’s port.

The Callao DP World Terminal’s throughput in 2020 was just over 1.350.000 TEU. Today, 7 STS cranes can load and unload neo-panamax container vessels. To meet increasing capacity, DP World Callao is investing heavily in the expansion of its pier. An additional 300 meter will be added to the actual 650 meters of berthing space and with 2 additional STS cranes, the DP World Callao terminal will be able to simultaneously handle up to three neo-panamax vessels. Works will start early 2022.


The terminal main access road is also used by Callao’s commuting habitants with limited space available to manage the increasing container truck flow. With a bulk cargo terminal located at the adjacent plot, traffic is dense 24/7. The DP World Callao gate processes up to 2500 trucks per day. To flatten out peaks and avoid traffic jams or blocking the Jr Manco Avenue, DP World Callao implemented a truck appointment system. Trucks have to register upfront booking timeslots throughout the day. Early or incomplete appointments aren’t allowed, trucks have to turnaround if they do and book a new appointment. Regular communication between the terminal and the trucking companies contributes to the success of the Vehicle Booking System implementation.

Gate security checks.

With truck appointment data available upfront, less time is needed for the gate access process. Trucks drive through a series of Camco Technologies AI-camera systems and requested to stop for a manual cabin check by terminal clerks. For security reasons, the cabin is checked for hiding and unauthorized intruders.

At the same time, terminal clerks collect the driver’s biometric data. This biometric reading step was part of the initial kiosk registration process. The biometric module in the kiosk was de-activated since clerks interacted with the driver during the cabin check anyway.

Finetuning the OCR performance and kiosk registration process.

Since its installation in 2018, the Camco OCR video gate hit-rate has been gradually improved. Technicians optimized camera positions and adjusted the lenses focus:  in Peru, trucks can have their front license almost anywhere. Software updates were implemented too.

Trucks were no longer allowed using the OOG lane and the kiosks registration process was cut short by leaving out the weighing system, reducing manual data checks and significantly improving truck processing time.

The most significant improvement in the OCR hit-rate is obtained by matching the pre-registration VBS data to the Camco camera system. Missing or difficult to read data is automatically being checked with the upfront available information, increasing the overall OCR accuracy up to 98,5 percent!

Ready for the future.

The gate access improvements are essential for the terminal’s growth plans. With increasing berth capacity and additional truck visits expected with the expansion soon, it is key to have the automated gate system at optimal efficiency since space is scarce for gate footprint expansion.

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