London Gateway aims to accommodate forecast growth in UK deep-sea container demand until at least 2020 by delivering additional container handling capacity. Its container berths will have an overall capacity of 3.5m teu per annum, making it the largest facility of its kind in the UK. As part of the project, the port plans to develop an automated container terminal system, including automated horizontal container transport between the ship-to-shore cranes and automated stacking cranes.
The Horizontal Transportation Alliance is tailored to meet the exacting demands of London Gateway Port, combining TTS’s extensive global expertise in the design, manufacture and supply of port equipment with the key strengths of its partners. “This is a major project, demanding efficient use of a range of specialist expertise to design, build and implement an automated transport system that will enable London Gateway Port to handle growing demand for UK deep-sea container traffic,” said Lennart Svensson, managing director of TTS Port Equipment AB.
“For Siemens, this application is an important expansion for our environmentally friendly ELFA hybrid drive system, currently used worldwide in various transport applications,” said Eugen Holl, general manager of the Hybrid Drives group at Siemens AG. “By combining the expertise of all the companies, we can create an automated transport system that will serve the port as it accommodates increasing container traffic well into the future.”