APM Terminals (APMT) has announced that Rijeka Gateway in Croatia will be the first terminal in the Adriatic region to be operated with remote-controlled, electric container handling equipment.
The electric equipment is expected to prevent human error, given that the cranes are networked with cameras and laser sensors, thereby increasing the safety of people and equipment, according to APMT.
Machine operators will control and monitor the equipment from a central room via large screens and instrument panels.
APMT has reported that this equipment will contribute to the comfort, continuous productivity, and protection of the operator.
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“Rijeka Gateway will be operated with remote-controlled electrical container handling equipment, in line with APM Terminals’ ambitious decarbonisation roadmap and Terminal of the Future concept,” said Rijeka Gateway CEO, Koen Benders.
“In the first phase of development this will include around four Ship-to-Shore cranes (STSs), 15 Rubber-Tyred-Gantry cranes (RTGs), two Rail-Mounted-Gantry cranes (RMGs) in the rail yard and 30 Terminal Tractors.
“This is the first step towards automation that will optimise processes and reduce the possibility of errors, which significantly contributes to security at the terminal,” Benders added.
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More and more industry players have been increasingly investing in electric or hybrid equipment pursuant to their decarbonisation targets and to maximise operational efficiency.
For instance, in October 2022, the Port of Long Beach put nine electric cranes into operations at one of its busiest terminals.
More recently, the Port of Hueneme welcomed a new electric-hybrid crane as part of a $7 million spending spree by Ports America stevedoring.