Noatum Terminal Invests in Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes


Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao in Spain has ordered two rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) from Kalmar, part of Cargotec.

The machines will help serve the strong intermodal services offered by Bilbao, which acts as a gateway for container transportation throughout the Iberian Peninsula and south-western France.

Kalmar's delivery, taking place take place during the first half of 2019, will consist of two single-cantilever RMG cranes equipped with a rotating trolley and Bromma YSX45E spreader for single container handling with a rated load of 41 tons.

Kalmar Terminal Logistics System (TLS) automation will also allow for supervised remote control over the RMGs.

The new machines will support intermodal operations at the railyard of Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao, which has four train tracks, five container stacking rows and a service lane for road trucks.

Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao currently has nine Kalmar RTGs operating their import and export traffic at the terminal.

It was one of the first users of Kalmar SmartRail automated gantry steering solution for RTGs.

This is Kalmar's first RMG order since it launched its new offering in September 2017.

Kalmar is a sponsor of Port Technology's 2018 Container Terminal Automation Conference and has announced that Ron Robinson, Sales Director at Kalmar, will be a speaker

Elvira Gallego Uribe, Terminal Manager at Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao commented: “We chose Kalmar's RMG solution because it can be customised to meet our precise business needs.

“We have first-hand experience of Kalmar's excellent delivery capabilities and their reliable rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) that are currently in use at our terminal.

“Kalmar's expertise in port equipment and their new customisable range of RMGs convinced us to continue our cooperation with them.

“These new cranes replacing our old RMGs are significantly faster, more reliable and future proofed for efficient railyard operation, improving and increasing the security of workers involved in the operations and the containers operated on behalf of our customers.” 

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Ismo Matinlauri, Vice President, Solutions Sales and Marketing at Kalmar, said: “We are happy to announce this very first Kalmar RMG delivery for the intermodal segment.

“By introducing new equipment at their terminal, Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao will have the opportunity to operate their new cranes remotely.

“This will improve the efficiency and safety of their operations and support the customer's commitment to sustainability.

“This order is a significant step in terms of strengthening our successful relationship with Noatum and helping them build a pathway towards more efficient terminal operation in the future.

“It is an excellent example of how our RMG technology can enable smooth and efficient renewal of brownfield site operation.”

Read more: Noatum Ports has gained a new CEO, COSCO Shipping Ports executive Kai Sun, following on from the transfer of 51% of shares in Noatum Port Holdings to COSCO

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