DCT Gdańsk buys Konecranes semi-automated RTG cranes


DCT Gdańsk has placed an order for 10 new Semi-Automated Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (ARTG) from Konecranes.

The operator is also retrofitting its current fleet of 15 Konecranes RTG cranes.

The additions will be advanced by the opening of its new deep-water quay in 2024.

The growth the terminal is enjoying will be made possible by the addition of the new Terminal 3 deep water quay that is scheduled to open operations in the spring of 2024.

The cranes will be equipped with the latest ARTG technologies from Konecranes, which include a fully automated gantry.

Remote Operating Stations (ROS) will supervise truck handling; Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology will be able to identify individual container numbers; and internal/external truck recognition will be based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that captures smart labels through radio waves.

The new and upgraded ARTG cranes will also ensure high efficiency and predictability of operations and will also improve safety, as human-machine interaction will be significantly lower than with traditional manually-operated RTGs.

Through its capacity investments DCT Gdańsk will increase its current handling capacity of 2.9 million TEU to a total of 4.5 million TEU per year by 2025.

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“This is a very ambitious project that is central to our development plans. We needed a supplier with experience in operating both manual and automated cranes, as well as upgrading and integrating them into our PSA in-house software,” said Mustafa Dagan, Technical Director of DCT Gdańsk.

“We also wanted the most advanced machines that are equipped with smart features. We have confidence in Konecranes’ technical proposal in all respects.”

“This purchase will strongly contribute to the development and technological advancement of our company, as well as ensure higher proficiency and safety for both our workers and clients. I am sure that it will help us move forward faster and more effectively with our new ambitious projects in the near future,” said Charles Baker, CEO of DCT Gdansk.

DCT Gdańsk is the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea and a member of the PSA Group.

Łukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the Port of Gdańsk Authority SA, wrote a guest paper for PTI’s ‘Port Development and Investment’ E-Journal earlier this year.

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