APM Terminals (APMT) has launched the “world’s most technologically advanced container terminal” as its Maasvlakte II container terminal at the Port of Rotterdam was officially opened.
Kim Fejfer, APMT CEO, said: “APMT Maasvlakte II is a game-changer in the shipping industry designed to exceed our customers’ expectations. It is significantly safer for our people and all users of the port. It runs on a zero emissions, sustainable business model using renewable energy, benefiting the people of Rotterdam and Europe.”
APMT Maasvlakte II took three years to build, costing €500m (US$544m). The facility was constructed on land reclaimed from the North Sea, designed as a multi-modal hub targeted at reducing truck congestion in favour of barge, rail and inland traffic and is being hailed as a highly environmentally sustainable facility.
The terminal’s power requirements are provided by wind-generated electricity, enabling terminal operations, which produce no CO2, emissions or pollutants, and which are also considerably quieter than conventional diesel-powered facilities.
APMT say that customers can experience a 40% higher level of productivity due to the level of automation. The facility is the world’s first container terminal to utilise remotely-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes, which move containers between vessels and the landside fleet of 62 battery-powered lift-automated guided vehicles (Lift-AGVs) which transport containers between the quay and the container yard, including barge and on-dock rail facilities.
A fleet of 54 automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (ARMGs) then positions containers in the yard in a high-density stacking system.
It is a deep-water terminal of 86 ha with 1,000 m of quay, on-dock rail, eight fully-automated STS cranes and a capacity of 2.7m teu. At planned full build-out, the terminal can cover 180 ha, offering 2,800 m of deep-sea quay with an annual throughput capacity of 4.5m teu.
APMT’s existing Maasvlakte I terminal will continue to operate, handling 2.46m teu last year.