Europe Container Terminals, Rotterdam orders 22 Gottwald AGV automated container transport vehicles

 15 Aug 2011 11.06am

  • New AGVs will replace first-generation vehicles at the ECT facility

Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam has placed an order with Gottwald Port Technology GmbH to receive 22 automated guided vehicles (AGVs).

The Gottwald CT 60 AGVs will replace the first-generation container transporters that have been in operation at the facility since the early 1990s.

The new AGVs are equipped with fuel-saving diesel-electric drives, and comply with the European EuroMot IIIB exhaust gas standard that has been in force since 2011.

“By consistently continuing to develop the drive technology used in our transport systems for horizontal container transport, we are making a key contribution to optimising automated maritime ports," said Thomas H. Hagen, Member of the Management Board and COO of Gottwald's parent company Demag Cranes AG.

"The future-orientated drive concepts for our AGVs contribute sustainably to reductions in harmful emissions and support our customers as they progress along the path towards the green port.”

The ECT Delta Terminal in Rotterdam was the first container terminal in the world to be equipped with a complete fleet of Gottwald AGVs.

Earlier this year, the first fleet of fully-automated Gottwald battery-powered Automated Guided Vehicles (Battery AGVs) was put into regular service at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) in Hamburg, Germany.

This new model of AGV is completely carbon neutral. The AGVs are powered by batteries, which are automatically changed at a charging station on the terminal apron. It takes around five minutes to change each battery.

To date, Gottwald has equipped three large maritime terminals with AGVs.

  Container Handling, Ports