Kalmar, a provider of lifting solutions, has agreed a deal with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT), Ireland, to extend the AutoRTG system at the terminal with two new AutoRTG cranes.
According to a statement, DFT operates the most modern container terminal at Dublin Port with an annual throughput volume of 380,000 TEU.
The order, which is set to be delivered during the second quarter of 2020, is part of DFT’s ongoing investment programme to implement new technologies, enabling the facility to support future growth.
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DFT’s existing Kalmar AutoRTG system consists of two Kalmar AutoRTG cranes with fully automated stack operation and remote-controlled truck handling, solutions that can be managed remotely from two control desks using the Kalmar Terminal Logistics System (TLS).
In addition to this, Kalmar provides an on-site engineering team to offer maintenance services and technical assistance.
The solution also features an access control system that ensures personnel cannot access the area where the cranes operate until it is safe.
Alec Colvin, Container Terminal Director at Dublin Ferryport Terminals, said: “We are delighted to continue our long-term partnership with Kalmar, who continue to prove their commitment and expertise in delivering terminal automation technologies.
“We expect the new AutoRTGs and the technologies deployed are vital in our efforts to continuously improve terminal safety & efficiency across our operations in Ireland.”
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Ilkka Annala, Vice President, Intelligent Crane Solutions at Kalmar, added: “Our AutoRTG system has proven a great success for DFT, helping them to automate and optimise their operations while maintaining the highest standards of safety.
“Our step-wise approach to automation is unique, allowing terminals to take the automation journey at their own pace, and we are delighted that DFT is now reaping the rewards. We look forward to continuing our automation journey with them.”