Netherlands-based terminal operator, APM Terminals (APMT) has placed an order for 16 new rubber-tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) as part of an ongoing programme of upgrading and expanding container handling capabilities and capacities throughout its global terminal network.
Twelve of the machines are scheduled for delivery to the company’s facility in Algeciras, Spain, while the remaining four are destined for Apapa, Nigeria, with delivery in one year.
The new 16-wheeled RTGs, to be manufactured by Konecranes, will offer a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes, and the ability to manoeuvre containers into stacks five containers high.
APMT Algeciras, the largest container terminal in the Western Mediterranean market, recently completed upgrading cranes and quay infrastructure to accommodate ultra-large container ships (ULCS) of 18,000+ teu capacity, some of which now call at the terminal weekly. In addition to heightening four existing cranes in 2014, four new ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes were delivered last May.
The four RTGs ordered for Apapa, the busiest container terminal in West Africa, will bring the total fleet to 14 RTGs. A US$135m investment and expansion programme was announced for the terminal in 2011 and the company has invested US$220m in Apapa since assuming the concession in 2006.
APMT also operates a second port facility in Nigeria: the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), located in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone. So-called West Africa Maximum (WAF-Max) vessels of 4,500 teu capacity have begun to call at WACT, where the operator has committed to an investment of US$30m for port modernisation and upgrades.
The proposed new mega-port at Badagry, located 55 km west of Lagos, continues to move toward development and will serve all cargo sectors, with a planned 2019 Phase I opening of a 775-m two-berth container terminal, with a 17 m depth alongside and an annual throughput capacity of 1.8 million teu.