APM Terminals Maasvlakte II, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, has welcomed the arrival of two new Super Quay Cranes as it commences plans to increase capacity by over 20% before the end of 2019.
The cranes, which were built by the supplier consortium of ZPMC and ABB, will join the terminal’s eight existing cranes on the deep-sea quay, offering the same high-speed and remote-control functionality.
In the next few months, the terminal will commission both cranes and extensively test them in order to prevent as much disruption as possible to existing operations.
Once the new equipment is operational, Maasvlakte II will be able to service two triple-E vessels simultaneously, with five Super Quay Cranes working on each.
Pieter Hartog, Managing Director of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II and Rotterdam, commented: “It is extremely important to our customers to be able to deliver capacity in today's growing market.
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“We are very proud of our dedicated staff who will be working with the suppliers to ensure the two new SQCs are commissioned safely.”
APM Terminals is also planning a range of new terminal facilities for 2019, including one kilometre of deep-sea quayside, 54 automated rail gantry cranes and 800 meters of rail track, which will be operated by two rail cranes.