King Abdullah Port has received 28 state-of-the-art Liebherr cranes to start the next phase of expansion of the Red Sea gateway’s container terminals. Engineering teams are currently assembling the cranes, which are expected to become operational towards the beginning of next year, raising the port’s annual capacity to around 5 million teu.
The new cranes include 20 stacking gantry and eight ship-to-shore cranes. The latter are amongst the largest of their type in the world, with an outreach of 70 m (25 rows) and a safe working load of 65 tonnes, enabling them to service mega container ships “easily and seamlessly.”
The stacking gantry cranes can handle seven containers high and feature a unique eight-rope reeving system as well as built-in anti-sway and anti-skew features. These are designed to help the terminal operator achieve optimum levels of productivity.
Privately owned and operated, King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest growing port in the world in 2018 by marine data firm Alphaliner. Its throughput increased from 1.7 million teu in 2017 to 2.3 million teu last year, with a further significant growth rate anticipated for 2019 as well.