APM Terminals said it has begun receiving deliveries of automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (ARMGs) for its new Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam.
The terminal operator said it received the first two of 26 automated cranes that will use a fully automated system to load and unload containers onto and off of truck chassis and onto a fleet of 37 battery-powered Lift Automated Guided Vehicles (Lift AGVs) which are also on order with the first
deliveries expected in June.
The maker of the ARMGs, Austria-based Hans Kuenz, is also making two cranes for Maasvlakte II’s on-dock rail terminal.
APMT said the Maasvlakte II facility, scheduled to open in November 2014 with an initial annual throughput capacity of 2.7 million TEUs, will be the most technologically advanced container terminal in the world. - Chris Dupin