APMT kits out Maasvlakte II

New Kalmar quay cranes for APMT Rotterdam Maasvlakte II
New Kalmar quay cranes for APMT Rotterdam Maasvlakte II
APMT has ordered 28 ARMG cranes and two rail cranes from Kuenz
APMT has ordered 28 ARMG cranes and two rail cranes from Kuenz

APM Terminals is busy kitting out its future Maasvlakte II terminal and Cargotec and Bromma have both been selected this week to supply quay cranes and ship to shore spreaders to the operation.

Cargotec will supply eight Kalmar super quay cranes and two Kalmar barge quay cranes to the project between December 2013 and December 2014.

The cranes are semi automated and equipped with various additional features including second trolley and remote control, which combined are expected to lead to significant improvements in container handling productivity and safety.

Meanwhile, Bromma has been chosen to supply 31 ship to shore spreaders for the project. The nine tandem spreaders will make Maasvlakte II the largest installation of tandem units in the world. In addition, Bromma will be supplying 22 separating twin lift STS45 crane spreaders - all for phase one of the project.

Understandably both Cargotec and Bromma are delighted to be involved in the project which is, according to Harald de Graaf, executive vice president, EMEA at Cargotec:“Significant for the development of the whole container industry in Western Europe.”

Per-Anders Holmstrom, President of Bromma, added: “As the productivity and reliability of the crane spreader is always crucial to operational success, we recognise the important role Bromma plays in this project.”

And the orders don't stop there. APMT has ordered 28 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes and two rail cranes for the terminal from Austrian crane manufacturer, Kuenz. Automation systems are courtesy of ABB.

The ARMGs operate using a terminal operating system and equipment control system. The emphasis here is on automated yard optimisation to increase efficiency.

Lastly, there are 37 battery powered Lift-AGVs, 87 battery packs and two robotic Battery Exchange Stations, on order from Gottwald.

The new equipment will be capable of serving the largest container ships calling at Rotterdam. The strategy is that on an intermodal level, everything should come together to allow the ondock rail terminal to serve the high volume cargo the terminal will generate to the European hinterland both quickly and efficiently.

APMT Rotterdam Maasvlakte II is the operator's most advanced automated container terminal to date and is due to open in late 2014.

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