DP World to Test Remote RTGs at Turkey Container Terminal

 14 Nov 2017 04.19pm

DP World is upgrading two of its Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to test the capabilities of remote operation at its Yarimca container terminal in Turkey.

The container terminal, one of the largest in Turkey, will start using the upgraded RTGs at the beginning of next year at its 1.3 million TEU capacity facility. 

Cable reel systems currently power DP World Yarimca’s fleet of 18 Konecranes RTG cranes.

View more of Konecranes' lifting solutions in PTI’s supplier directory

The machines are already equipped with safety-enhancing and operator-assisting features such as stack collision prevention, trailer lift prevention, auto-truck guiding and auto-positioning.

An installation of two remote operating stations will allow an auto-TOS reporting feature to make the upgrade to remote operations easier.

Ari Nieminen, Cheif Research & Development Engineer, Konecranes, has explained what methods are used to eliminate crane noise in a recent technical paper 'Seen But Not Heard'

Antoine Bosquet, Sales Director Region EMEA, Port Solutions, Konecranes, said: “I am pleased to receive this opportunity to field-test remote operation with two of the Konecranes RTGs in the DP World fleet.

“Together, we will test the remote operation concept, studying the performance of the remotely operated RTGs versus the manned RTGs in the container yard as they carry out work cycles in everyday operating conditions.”

Konecranes’ Executive Vice President, Mika Mahlberg, has told Port Technology that automation will eventually come to every terminal due to its affordability and suppliers’ readiness to develop it:

Read more: Konecranes has delivered new machines to bolster bauxite transshipments off the coast of Guinea due to an increase in bulk handling

  Automation and Optimisation , Process Automation, TOS and Gate Control Systems, Container Handling, Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs), Port Planning, Ports