Dublin’s Most Advanced Terminal to Upgrade Automation


Dublin Ferryport terminals (DFT) has made an order for Kalmar's AutoRTG System as part of a program to invest in the latest technologies and support expected growth of around 20% over the next five years.

Part of the container and terminal division of Irish Continental Group, DFT operates the most modern container terminal at Dublin Port and handles approximately 325,000 TEUs each year.

Delivery is scheduled to start during second quarter 2017 and includes two Kalmar AutoRTG cranes with fully automated stack operation and remote controlled truck handling.

DFT will start with remotely controlled semi-automated functions but plans to add fully automated features in the future.

Kalmar is also responsible for integrating the cranes to the terminal operating system.

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Service, maintenance and technical support will be provided by Kalmar's site based engineering team who have a permanent presence at the terminal. 

Alec Colvin, General Manager at Dublin Ferryport Terminals said: “DFT are delighted to confirm this order and are looking forward to extending our long-time partnership with the latest driver assisting, semi-automated and automated solutions.

“As a trusted long term supplier with a demonstrated ability to deliver on our expectations and their commitment to be a technology leader in this area, Kalmar stood out as the ideal partner for our company.”

Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects at Kalmar, commented: “RTG automation is developing fast. For existing terminals it is a key question how to get started without disturbing operations heavily.

“We have given this a lot of thought and in our approach the terminal can start with remote control and automation assisted moves, and evolve to full automation gradually.” 

Another recent Kalmar order was made by the Training centre OCHA for a second electric straddle carrier to meet increasing demand for trained straddle carrier drivers at the Port of Antwerp.

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