Leading operator APM Terminals has revealed that Vado Gateway, its newest terminal facility, will be inaugurated on December 12, 2019.
Located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, the terminal is set to become the first semi-automated port in Italy with a fully-automated gate and stacking yard, as well being integrated with Vado Ligure’s existing reefer terminal.
With the complex accessible via 14 reversible gate lanes, and technologies such as optical character recognition (OCR) in place to speed up security procedures, short truck-turn-times of around 30 minutes will be possible.
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According to a statement, the 700-metre deep-sea berth at Vado Gateway will be able to accommodate the latest Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) and an annual throughput capacity of up to 1.1 million TEU.
Following the placement of the terminal’s last caisson, services to be offered by the new facility were presented to key managers from major maritime companies and shipping lines operating in the Italian market.
In addition to this, plans for Vado Gateway were unveiled at the Transport & Logistics Exhibition 2019, while the terminal is also the sponsor of the Main Conference of Genoa Shipping Week.
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As well as the automated gate and stacking yard – which will utilize 14 automatic rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes – a new off-dock rail facility has also been built to connect the Vado Ligure Port Complex to locations in central and northern Europe, including Germany and France.
This rail terminal will be served by four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, with the final units to be implemented before the end of July.
Other technologies will also be introduced to drive advanced operations at Vado Gateway, with solutions ranging from dynamic video cameras that record and send information about the arrival of containers, to a new terminal operating system (TOS) from Navis.
Navis N4 is fully integrated with all the other equipment around Vado Gateway, enabling real-time container tracking and integration with fellow APM Terminals companies.
A further statement from APM Terminals read: “From 12 December 2019, the Vado Ligure Port Complex will be one of the most competitive terminals in Europe, combining innovation, automation, intermodal connectivity and the ability to offer fully integrated and complex services such as cold storage, project cargo, Ro-Ro and intermodal transport.