The Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) has been named the winner of the 2020 Sustainability Award at the 17th Annual Seatrade Maritime Awards, Middle East, in recognition of its efforts to cut emissions throughout its operations.
The RSGT is currently commissioning two latest-generation electric-powered ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 10 new technologically advanced hybrid-Rubber-Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes, delivered in November.
In a statement, it said the use of electric cranes eliminates emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases resulting from diesel-powered cranes.
The hybrid-RTGs switch from diesel to batter power depending on usage needs, also reducing diesel-related emissions, while improving fuel efficiency.
Additionally, the RSGT has also established artificial reefs just outside the port area to support biodiversity and marine life.
Over the course of the 30-year term of the concession agreement signed in 2019 with Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), RSGT will be investing $1.7 billion in new terminal infrastructure and equipment to improve efficiencies and cut greenhouse gasses, all while it increases capacity to 8.8 million TEU.
Jens Floe, RSGT’s CEO, said, “We are very proud to have been selected by our peers for this award, we remain dedicated to pursuing environmentally sustainable operations at Saudi ‘Arabia’s largest container terminal, through our CSR program, constant investment in new, low emission and efficient equipment, procedures, and the extensive training of our personnel.
“Our commitment to sustainability and protection of the environment and natural resources of the Red Sea Region is shared by all of our staff, and is a guiding principle in our daily operations, as well as our long-term strategic planning.”