Following its initial order for five Liebherr ship-to-shore (STS) and 25 rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for Phase 1 of the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Port (KAP), located on the Red Sea 88 km north of Jeddah, the crane manufacturer has received a further order for an additional five STS and 24 RTG cranes, to be delivered in two tranches.
The STS cranes will be among the world’s largest, with an operational outreach of 70 m and a lift height over rail of 52 m; they will have a rail span is 35 m and back reach of 18 m, giving a total trolley travel path of 123 m.
The RTG’s will span of 26.45 m, with a lift height of 21 m and will operate on stacks seven containers wide and six high. They will feature DGPS automatic gantry steering, container location identification system, stack anti-collision, and ultrasonic RTG–RTG anti-collision systems.
The KAP container terminal is operated by International Port Management (IPM), one of the fastest growing terminal operating groups, which is also involved in port and marine operations and maintenance in other locations in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, India, Pakistan, the UK and the USA.
As well as the cranes, the company is also investing in advanced terminal operating software (TOS) being developed by one of the group’s companies, Intelliport based in Boston, Massachusetts. KAP will benefit from the first release of the software.
Strategically located to serve Red Sea and East Africa transhipment of cargo, as well as domestic volumes, the port is an integral part of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) founded in 2006 and designed to become a major industrial and logistics hub in the Middle East. The opening of the port has already attracted major global industries.
As the first fully private port in Saudi Arabia regulated by the Economic Cities Authority, on completion KAP will be the largest port in the region, with a capacity of 20m teu supported by the logistic area that includes bonded zones and other 3PL facilities.
Speaking after signing the contract with Liebherr in Zurich, IPM Group Chairman, Ammar Kannan, said: “The Port is intended to develop the transport and logistics industries in the Kingdom. Today, Saudi ports combined handle around 6m teu, whereas the real Saudi market is 11m or 12m teu, with the balance being handled by other regional ports and trucked into and from Saudi”.
“This port is strategic to the economy of the Kingdom and adds the needed capacity to attract the business being handled elsewhere. It is designed to service the largest vessels in the most productive way and that is why we have chosen Liebherr, which we believe will deliver the intended high end results.”
Liebherr’s managing director Pat O’Leary commented: “The supply of these cranes marks a significant milestone in our history. Recent years have seen our order volumes increase considerably, both in terms of crane size and numbers. The KAP project represents one such project”.
“These additional orders illustrate the confidence that King Abdullah Port places in our port equipment. Over the past number of years, we have quietly built up a successful relationship with KAP and look forward to working with the port to achieve the goal of being among the top 10 ports in the world in terms of teu throughput.”
In addition to the supply of STS and RTG cranes, Liebherr has also provided the port with an LHM 550 mobile harbour crane, with a maximum outreach of 54 m suitable for container and general cargo operation.