Specially designed and manufactured by ZMPC in China to serve the next generation of containerships, the cranes are capable of handling two 40-foot or four 20-foot containers in one lift. Their ability to lift 85 tonnes under the spreader and move loads over a distance of up to 24 rows 65m above the water level is unique in Jeddah.
“The arrival of these cranes marks the commitment by RSGT toward shipping lines and Jeddah port to fulfil our promise to redefine capability and efficiency standards in Jeddah Port,” said Aamer Alireza CEO and board member of the Red Sea Gateway Terminal.
RSGT has started comprehensive testing and trial training on the RTG yard cranes that arrived two months ago. “Full testing and training on the equipment is under way and we are confident to meet our targeted date for commencing commercial operations,” Alireza concluded.
A further eight RTGs, again from ZPMC, are expected to arrive at the terminal early next month (October), bringing the total number to 20.
After operational commissioning at the end of 2009, the Red Sea Gateway Terminal is expected to bring a further 1.5m teu annual capacity Jeddah Islamic Port.