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Author(s): Rudolf Flatz, Project Manager Crane Systems, Kuenz

The Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands is the largest and most important container port and transport hub in Europe, with a container throughput of 11.6 million TEU in 2013 and six million TEU in the first half of 2014. Rotterdam is also the twelfth largest container port in the world and the gateway to Northern and Western Europe, as well as the transshipment center for cargo between Asia and North America and for emerging markets in Africa and South America.

The Netherlands is ranked first when it comes to quality of port infrastructure (Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, World Economic Forum). The investments of APM Terminals contribute to the defence of this accolade. In the Maasvlakte II area there are two container terminals belonging to different operator consortiums: Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) (2014) and APM Terminals
(APMT MVII). The automated MVII terminal opened in February, 2015 and has a combined capacity of around five million TEU. The two terminals are also suitable for the largest containerships in the world, with 19,000 TEU and up to 20 metres depth. In addition, an area for expansion of Euromax terminals is provided.

For APM’s Maasvlakte II Terminal, Kuenz delivered a total of 50 cranes between the years 2013 and 2015. APM Terminals Rotterdam Maasvlakte II opted for 48 automatic rail gantry cranes (ARMGs) and two rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) by Austrian crane manufacturer Kuenz in close cooperation…

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