Belfast Container Terminal orders automated gantry cranes from Kalmar
KALMAR, part of Cargotec, has won a tender to supply a complete AutoRTG system to Belfast Container Terminal (BCT) in Northern Ireland, which is expected to be delivered starting from the end of 2019
KALMAR, part of Cargotec, has won a tender to supply a complete AutoRTG system to Belfast Container Terminal (BCT) in Northern Ireland, which is expected to be delivered starting from the end of 2019.
The system will comprise eight automated rubber-tyre gantry cranes (AutoRTGs) controlled by the Kalmar Terminal Logistic System (TLS) and new-generation remote control (RC) desks.
BCT is the largest in Northern Ireland and is owned by and located in Belfast Harbour and is operated under concession by Irish Continental Group.
Belfast Harbour is Northern Ireland's principal maritime gateway, handling approximately 70 per cent of Northern Ireland's seaborne trade and 20 per cent of the trade for the island of Ireland as a whole.
The AutoRTG system will replace the manually operated rail-mounted gantry crane (RMG) system currently in use at the terminal. The cranes will be factory pre-tested and they will be delivered to BCT fully erected.
Said Belfast Harbour operations director Trevor Anderson: 'The Kalmar AutoRTG system will provide significant benefits in terms of maximising both the safety and efficiency of operations. Kalmar's proven track record in complex port automation projects and their experience with AutoRTGs convinced us that they were the right choice. Their technical solution perfectly matched the needs of the terminal.'
Said Kalmar vice president Ilkka Annala: 'The Kalmar AutoRTG system allows terminals of all sizes to reap the rewards of greater operational efficiencies, a safer working environment and better predictability in their day-to-day operations.'