Felixstowe takes next step in automation - remotely controlled RTGs
HUTCHISON's UK Port of Felixstowe, the biggest container port in the Britain, has received its first four remote-controlled rubber-tyre gantry (RTG) cranes
HUTCHISON's UK Port of Felixstowe, the biggest container port in the Britain, has received its first four remote-controlled rubber-tyre gantry (RTG) cranes.
The ZPMC RTGs are the first of eight similar Shanghai-built cranes to be delivered over the new few weeks. It also has two remote-controlled ship-to-shore gantry cranes, which are currently undergoing manual testing before being deployed in full remote mode.
The RTGs will serve berths 8 and 9, where an additional 18,000 TEU of container storage has been created. The new cranes are capable of stacking containers six high.
'The physical stress to a driver's back, neck and shoulders will be significantly reduced and the vibrations experienced as cranes operate will be eliminated altogether,' said Robert Ashton, the port's operations director.
'Operationally, we will be able to deploy equipment more dynamically to meet peaks in demand and locating operators, vessel controllers and supervisors closer to one another will lead to improvements in alignment and communication,' he said.