The largest container terminal operator in Thailand is expanding its handling capacity with some of the largest quay and gantry cranes in the world as part of its development of Terminal D in Laem Chabang Port.
Hutchison Ports Thailand has ordered the three super post-panamax quay cranes and eight electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTGs) cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., (ZPMC), a leading Chinese heavy-duty equipment manufacturer.
The cranes are equipped with advanced remote control technology and will enable Terminal D to operate safely and more efficiently, which in turn enable the terminal to achieve higher levels of vessel and yard productivity.
Hutchison's new super post-panamax quay cranes have an outreach of 24 rows are capable of handling some of the largest mega-vessels currently in operation.
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All Terminal D quay and yard cranes will be operated by remote control technology, making it the first terminal of its type in the world to fully install this technology for faster, more accurate and safer handling of containers.
Following the completion of Terminal D’s construction, Hutchison Ports Thailand will be able to increase its handling capacity by 3.5 million TEUs to more than 6 million TEUs, further cementing its position as the largest container terminal operator in Thailand.
The arrival of the new cranes will facilitate the growth of Thailand’s container cargo volumes and help underpin the country’s modernization aligned with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project under the Thailand 4.0 scheme — an economic model that aims to unlock the country from several economic challenges resulting from past economic development models.