ABB’s Remote Crane Operator Stories series (#RemoteCraneOperators) has continued with Ben den Otter, an employee of APM Terminals’ Maasvlakte II, one of the world's first remote STS operators to move containers at a terminal with cabinless cranes.
Den Otter has explained in the video how he learned to trust the cranes of the fully automated container facility in the Netherlands after moving from a cabin to a control room.
He has found that after doing everything manually, trusting the crane to do it automatically took a different mindset.
In the video, Den Otter said: “You want to interfere, you want to take over, but you can’t do that.
“You have to let the crane do its job, and that is difficult for us.
“Now I’m used to it, but in the beginning, it was very difficult.”
ABB’s stories will continue with the story of one more crane operator.
Watch the previous video in ABB’s series, which features Jan Peeman, another employee of APM Terminals, who has moved containers for more than 13 years.
Learn more about how ABB is moving crane operations into the control room by reading its Port Technology technical paper
ABB Marine&Ports recently released another video that allows viewers to take a 360° virtual tour of the Maasvlakte II container terminal that Peeman works at.
Its Senior Vice President, Uno Bryfors, has also explained how and why automation is shaping how terminals handle containers in ABB Ports’ Eye on Automation Port Technology video.