Following the announcement that APM Terminals (APMT) would be hosting an opening ceremony for its Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam, a celebration took place on Friday April 24th, 2015, attended by The Netherlands’ Monarch King Willem-Alexander, and 500 senior representatives from the global shipping industry and world governments in honour of the official opening of the new fully-automated container facility.
Kim Fejfer, CEO at APMT, said: “APM Terminals Maasvlakte II is clearly a game-changer port in the shipping industry designed to exceed our customers’ expectations. It is significantly safer for our people and all users of the port.
“It runs on a zero emissions, sustainable business model using renewable energy, benefitting the people of Rotterdam and Europe. And, equally important, our shipping line customers will experience 40% higher productivity – thanks to automation.”
The facility is the world’s first container terminal to utilise remotely-controlled STS gantry cranes. The cranes move containers between vessels and the landside fleet of 62 battery-powered lift-automated guided vehicles (Lift-AGVs) which transport containers between the quay and the container yard, including barge and on-dock rail facilities.
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The terminal’s power requirements are provided by wind-generated electricity, enabling terminal operations which produce no CO2 emissions or pollutants, and which are also considerably quieter than conventional diesel-powered facilities.
Construction began in May 2012, with the first commercial vessel call in December, 2014. Successful systems testing and ramp-up have been completed to bring the first phase of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II into full operational status.
The terminal will have annual throughput capacity of 2.7 million TEU, which will represent an APMT investment of around US$542m.
However, this annual figure will increase to 4.5 million TEU at planned full build-out and will cover 180 ha of land and offer 2,800 metres of deep-sea quay.
Fejfer concluded: “The future of terminal operations is safer, high-volume, high-productivity performance. We are pleased to welcome that future here today.”