OOCL orders 72 Terex Gottwald Automated Guided Vehicles for company’s Long Beach Container Terminal, California
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received what it is calling a “milestone order” for its automated container handling equipment from Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).
The Hong Kong-based firm has placed an order for 72 of Terex Gottwald’s battery-powered Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) for use at the company’s Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) in California.
Terex will also supply fleet management software and a battery-changing station.
“This order placed by our customer, OOCL, is a logical step,” said president of the Terex Material Handling & Port Solutions business segment, Steve Filipov.
“We have been established among leading European terminal operators for several decades as a manufacturer and supplier of AGV technology.”
“We consider it to be confirmation of our commitment that we have now been awarded this prestigious order, allowing us to contribute such high-grade, environmentally-aware engineering to the new low-emissions Californian container handling project,” added Filipov.
This new order is not only the first for AGVs and associated equipment that has ever been placed from outside Europe, it is, at the same time, a first for Terex Gottwald automated container handling equipment in the US.
The AGVs will be assigned with the task of moving containers horizontally from the quayside to the stackyard. Each vehicle has a capacity of 70 tonnes and can transfer all standard ISO containers, including 45 foot containers, from the ship-to-shore cranes to the yard, or vice versa.
The first batch of AGVs will be delivered to Long Beach early next year and, soon after, will commence commercial operations.
The remaining vehicles will be delivered in batches over the coming years.