International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has received three new hybrid rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs) ahead of schedule at its terminal in Lae, Papua New Guinea.
The RTGs, which represent a PGK15.6m (US$4.6m) investment, are a part of the group’s ongoing programme to strengthen and enhance overall operational efficiency at its South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT).
The delivery places SPICT ahead of its 2022 commitments and 50% above the initial agreed outlay on operational efficiency improvements.
Anil Singh, ICTSI South Pacific CEO, said: “We are very proud of this order. It is the result of our commitment to innovation and proven performance around the world, and it will further strengthen our presence in Papua New Guinea.
“Technology is a central part of our terminal operations, and investment is being placed in training to grow competency and skills because it is people who drive the technology.”
The RTGs can run on both electric and diesel power, have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes and are expected to be deployed operationally in March 2019.
A number of features that aim to improve safety and productivity have also been included such as Active Load Control, which helps to prevent load sway, and auto-steering and stack collision prevention.
Once commissioning is complete, the new RTGs will also be automation-ready.
ICTSI South Pacific has also invested in three mobile harbour cranes for its Lae terminal and six Papua New Guinean crane operators are training at ICTSI’s flagship Manila terminal to further enhance performance.