Friday Focus: Automatic Cranes in Panama


The first automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) in Latin America are now in operation, as demonstrated by a video from ABB.

The Marine and Ports division of the ABB Group delivers automated and electrical systems for container and bulk cargo handling, helping terminal operators to meet the challenge of larger ships.

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At the Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama, six ASC’s have been implemented alongside an existing fleet of rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).

According to ABB’s video, the new equipment can be operated remotely from an ergonomic control room.

Björn Henriksson, of ABB, discusses how to resolve the yard challenge in a recent Port Technology technical paper

In addition to this, fully automated stacking cranes allow crane operators to work with other tasks, boosting efficiency at MIT.

As well as enabling terminals to manage bigger volumes per call, ABB’s solutions also help these vital centres of trade to make their operations safer, greener and more productive.

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