DP World tests the viability of remote operation

14 Nov 2017
Remote testing: DP World Yarimca is upgrading two of its Konecranes RTG cranes to test remote productivity

Remote testing: DP World Yarimca is upgrading two of its Konecranes RTG cranes to test remote productivity

DP World Yarimca is upgrading two of its Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to test the possibilities of better productivity using remote operation.

The Yarimca container terminal in Turkey operates a fleet of 18 Konecranes RTGs and is one of the largest container terminals in Turkey with 1.3M TEU capacity.

“I am pleased to receive this opportunity to field-test remote operation with two of the Konecranes RTGs in the DP World fleet,” said Antoine Bosquet, sales director, region EMEA, Port Solutions, Konecranes.

“Together, we will test the remote operation concept, studying the performance of the remotely operated RTGs versus the manned RTGs in the container yard as they carry out work cycles in everyday operating conditions.”

Electric power

DP World Yarimca’s Konecranes RTG cranes are electrically powered by cable reel systems. They are already equipped with safety-enhancing and operator-assisting features such as Stack Collision Prevention, Trailer Lift Prevention, Auto-Truck Guiding and Auto-Positioning.

They are also equipped with Auto-TOS Reporting. This will make the upgrade to remote operation relatively easy, involving the installation of two Remote Operating Stations (ROSs). The upgraded RTGs will be remotely operated from two Remote Operating Stations (ROSs).

Konecranes said that de-coupling the crane and operator is an important step towards the next generation of lifting. The operator can become much more productive and the productivity of the entire crane fleet can be improved.

The upgraded RTGs are scheduled to be operational at the beginning of next year.

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