Based on field trials, the company said that the switch from fossil fuel to electricity will reduce monthly diesel consumption by 109,000 litres on average, saving on energy costs and reducing emissions by almost 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director of DP World UAE region, said: “Care for the environment is a cornerstone of our Corporate Responsibility programme focused on the UAE community. Electrification of the giant cranes that drive our container handling operations at Jebel Ali is one of the most significant steps we have taken in that direction.
“Our technical teams will closely monitor the performance of the electrified RTGs over the coming months and measure their impact on the port’s carbon footprint.”
The eight RTGs were fitted with cable reel electrical power supply systems designed and manufactured by the engineering group Cavotec.
Jebel Ali Container Terminals are equipped with a total of 78 quay cranes, 60 electrical Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes and 123 Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes.
This year, DP World added one million teu, taking capacity at the port to 15m teu, and extended its Container Terminal 2 quay wall to 3,000 m. This allows for the simultaneous handling of six mega ships.
Together with Container Terminal 3, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2014, Jebel Ali Port’s capacity will reach 19m teu and will be able to handle 10 of the giant new generation ultra large container ships (ULCS) at the same time.