In January 2022, Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam signed a contract for the construction and delivery of these cranes with Sany Europe, part of the Sany Heavy Industries of Changsha, China.
The purchase comes as part of an extensive investment programme in the terminal, which includes the use of hybrid automated guided vehicles, hybrid straddle carriers and multi-trailer tractors.
Additionally, the terminal is currently in the process of a significant recruitment program, already more than 150 new employees have been hired.
Together, these initiatives seek to strengthen ECT’s position as one of the most important container terminals in Europe.
This latest addition to the terminal’s infrastructure will be supplied by Sany Heavy Industries after they have been built in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China. Sany has already built several cranes for other terminals within the Hutchison Ports group.
“The cranes themselves will, of course, meet all the requirements set by ECT with regard to safety and operational deployment, as well as the requirements set by customers in order to be able to handle their ultra-large container ships,” said ECT in a statement.
After delivery, these fully remote cranes will be ECT’s largest cranes, boating an outreach of more than 25 container rows.