First five of ten Konecranes’ Eco-RTGs scheduled for delivery next month
APM Terminals Apapa is preparing for the delivery of five new Eco-RTGs (Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes) next month as part of the third phase of a US$135 million terminal upgrade announced earlier this year.
A further five Eco-RTGs are scheduled to arrive at the Nigerian port in November.
The third phase of the terminal upgrade will also see the container yard increased by 300,000 square metres.
The 10 advanced eco-RTGs are being manufactured by Finnish-based Konecranes in China, and are equipped with a laser stack profiling system which reduces the risk of loaded containers being knocked off of stacks, and will be among the very first in the world to offer this technology.
“This is a very exciting development for the terminal and for the Nigerian port industry, as we will be setting a new standard in safety and sustainable terminal operations in Africa” said APM Terminals Apapa Managing Director, Dallas Hampton.
The eco-RTGs will be powered by diesel engines to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 40 percent, when compared to the more conventional diesel RTGs.
The RTGs will replace 22 reach stackers now in service, though five will remain at the terminal for use with rail movements.
The conversion of the yard to RTGs will increase the terminal’s annual container throughput capacity to 1.2 million TEU.