Not only has the company has sold more than 60 harbour cranes but 49 were Generation 5 units indicating that the new series has been well received by the market. In addition, Gottwald’s second business sector which includes terminal automation, systems integration and consulting services, has also been progressing dynamically as reflected by the follow-up contract for the newly developed Automated Stacking Cranes (ASC) for the Antwerp Gateway Terminal in Belgium. Moreover, Gottwald and its subsidiary TBA, Delft in the Netherlands have been chosen to supply software solutions for the new Euromax Terminal in the Port of Rotterdam.
Following the results achieved with the first four ASC cranes for two stack modules at the Antwerp Gateway Terminal that is operated by a consortium headed by DP World, Gottwald has received an order for a further 10 ASC cranes of the same design for five stack modules. The cranes are scheduled to start commercial operation by the end of 2008.
With regard to software solutions, Europe Container Terminals (ECT) has chosen the proven technology of TBA and Navis for the terminal software systems to be implemented at its new, fully-automated Euromax Terminal currently being built at Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte. While Navis will provide the Terminal Operating System (TOS), TBA is responsible for supplying the management and navigation software for the AGVs, ASCs and quay cranes at Euromax. This decision is in line with ECT’s ultimate goal – to have one single uniform terminal automation system at all its Maasvlakte-based terminals.