Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has received its first four remote-controlled rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.
The electric-powered cranes were built by ZPMC in Shanghai and are the first of eight similar machines to be delivered over the next few weeks.
The port also has two remote controlled ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes currently undergoing manual testing before being deployed in full remote mode.
Robert Ashton, operations director at the Port of Felixstowe, stated: “For the drivers, the ergonomics are much better than a traditional operation. The physical stress to a driver’s back, neck and shoulders will be significantly reduced and the vibrations experienced as cranes operate will be eliminated altogether.
“Operationally, we will be able to deploy equipment more dynamically to meet peaks in demand and locating operators, vessel controllers and supervisors closer to one another will lead to improvements in alignment and communication.”
The new RTGs will serve Berths 8&9 where an additional 18,000 teu of container storage has been created to meet growing demand at the UK’s busiest container port.
The new cranes are electric-powered and capable of stacking containers six-high to enable more efficient use to be made of the new yard area.