The new RTGs, which complement the five identical cranes already in service, are capable of working a five-high container stack, spanning seven rows plus a vehicle lane. With all eight cranes operational, DCT can now stack up to 20,000 TEUs in its import and export stacks, boosting the terminal’s ship handling capabilities.
“We have three Liebherr ship-to-shore gantry cranes and 650m of quay. When the cranes are used together to work a single ship, we have achieved handling rates of 40+ containers/crane hour. This has resulted in ships achieving maximum handling rates of 100 moves per hour,” says DCT Gdansk’s general manager, Fred Kamperman.
“For us to sustain these rates consistently without slowing down the turn-round times for road vehicles, whether working one ship with three cranes or two ships sharing the three cranes, we needed this extra RTG capacity.”
To cope with the anticipated increase in business, DCT Gdansk has also commissioned a number of other smaller machines including a reachstacker, terminal tractors and trailers, and some smaller lift trucks.
DCT Gdansk’s CEO, Boris Wenzel, says the terminal is now ready for the rise in traffic that the arrival of Maersk will bring.
“With the delivery of this new equipment, we are very confident of our ability to maintain the very high level of service our clients expect. Our vessel handling performance is already acknowledged to be amongst the best in the Baltic Sea region and we are confident that similar results will continue to be achieved when the number of vessel movements increases sharply this month (December),” he said.