The 30 m wide ARMGs will use a fully automated system to load and unload containers onto and off of truck chassis and onto a fleet of 37 battery-powered Lift Automated Guided Vehicles (Lift AGVs), also on order with the first deliveries expected in June. The rail cranes will be used at the facility’s on-dock rail terminal.
The APM Terminals Maasvlakte II facility is scheduled to open in November 2014 with an initial annual throughput capacity of 2.7m teu and according to the company it will be the most technologically advanced container terminal in the world, with 1,000 m of quay and a 20 m depth and capable of handling the world’s largest containerships.
Supporting the existing APM Terminals Rotterdam terminal currently handling 2.49m teu in 2012, the new terminal’s on-dock rail terminal will initially include four tracks, expanding to eight tracks at full build-out with a direct connection to the Betuwe rail line, a 160 km (100 mile) dedicated double track electric-powered freight line linking the Port of Rotterdam with the German border at Zevenaar-Emmerich.
The Maasvlakte II terminal will also provide access to the existing European river transportation network with 500 m of dedicated barge quay.