APM Terminals (APMT) will implement a load collision prevention system (LCPS) across its global terminal network in 2017, after completing a successful trial in Bahrain.
APMT Bahrain was the first terminal to introduce and live-test the LCPS, following two years of research, engineering and initial testing by APMT aimed at reducing the risk of accidents due to collisions in the container yard between container handling equipment and stacked containers.
Technical innovations and procedural changes were put into place on the Khalifa bin Salman Port’s rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and reachstackers.
For example, cameras were installed on all of the RTGs to remove the operator’s’ blind spots and enhance night vision.
Another change was that the terminal’s IT department implemented a differential global positioning system on the RTGs, which ensures that container positions are updated automatically thus decreasing the likelihood of human error.