Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) has taken delivery of two remote-controlled ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, as well as ten hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, as part of the planned expansion of the Jeddah port facility. Ongoing investment including the new equipment is expected to double annual container throughput capacity at RSGT to 5.2 million teu by 2023.
The new 65 ton capacity twin-lift shoreside gantry cranes can accommodate the latest generation of containerships with capacities of 24,000 teu and above, as they have a 70m outreach and a 52m lift height. RSGT is the only terminal in Jeddah able to handle vessels of this size.
Manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, the new semi-automated STS cranes are packed with advanced technological features. As well as remote control, the cranes have optical character scanning capability and systems for chassis alignment, and automatic landing; vessel profiling, gantry, and trolley positioning; and intelligent status condition monitoring. The new hybrid RTGs will enhance environmentally sustainable terminal operations by automatically switching to battery from diesel power.