Global Terminal in New Jersey, USA, has announced that the latest of ten stacks of additional capacity have been completed on time, after the terminal recently took delivery of the last five of 20 RMGs.
The stack expansion will more than double the capacity of the terminal to just over one million lifts annually and is expected to be fully operational by the end of this summer.
After more than four years of planning and construction the expanded semi-automated terminal is now open. Last May saw the completion of a 274 m (900 ft) berth extension, meaning the terminal can service the latest Suezmax vessels.
In July followed the launch of the streamlined truck gate complex, equipped with optical character recognition and radio frequency identification tags. The complex is designed to handle more than 5,000 transactions per day.
The facility has also been commissioning new equipment on an ongoing basis, and now has a fleet of 17 Terex shuttle carriers and 20 semi-automatic Konecranes RMGs.
Richard Ceci, project manager and vice president of IT at the terminal, said: “The expansion team has been committed to ensure the facility serves our customers’ next generation of vessels quickly and reliably.”
In June, the expanded terminal will handle its first commercial lift.