South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in the Port of Lae, Papua New Guinea, has acquired two new Mitsui hybrid Rubber-tyred Gantries (RTG).
The RTGs, combining a smaller diesel engine with a lithium-ion battery, aim to enhance landside operations, resulting in quicker turnaround times for external trucks. Moreover, the innovative hybrid technology incorporated in these machines reportedly contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the terminal.
In addition to the acquisition of the hybrid RTGs, SPICT welcomed the arrival of two post-Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes in late 2022. These are the first of their kind in Papua New Guinea, currently standing as the largest port equipment in the region.
“The receipt of two electric STS cranes for the berth was the first big step of our terminal decarbonisation journey, and we are very excited to receive these Hybrid RTG cranes, which show SPICT’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint from yard operations.,” said Robert Maxwell, CEO of ICTSI South Pacific.