Dublin Ferryport Terminals to add two AutoRTGs from Kalmar

Dublin Ferryport Terminals to add two AutoRTGs from Kalmar
The AutoRTGs will be delivered next year

Kalmar has concluded an agreement with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) to extend the Kalmar AutoRTG system at the terminal with two new AutoRTG cranes.

The order, which was booked in Cargotec’s Q2 2019 intake, forms part of DFT’s ongoing investment programme, and delivery of the machines is scheduled to be completed during Q2 2020.

Part of the container and terminal division of Irish Continental Group, DFT operates a container terminal at Dublin Port with an annual throughput of approximately 380,000 teu.

The current AutoRTG system at DFT comprises two Kalmar AutoRTG cranes with fully automated stack operation and remote-controlled truck handling, controlled via two remote control desks using the manufacturer’s Terminal Logistics System (TLS).

All service, maintenance and technical support is provided by Finnish company’s dedicated on-site engineering team.

The solution’s access control system ensures that personnel cannot access the area where the cranes operate until it is safe.

The system features TLS scheduling capabilities interfacing with Kalmar Application Keys. Scheduling operations in TLS instead of the terminal operating system (TOS) allows DFT to optimise job execution as the TLS has access to information about equipment status and location, container inventory and other yard activities.

This makes it possible to not only saves time but also help towards cutting energy consumption per container move.

Alec Colvin, container terminal director at Dublin Ferryport Terminals: “We expect the new AutoRTGs and the technologies deployed are vital in our efforts to continuously improve terminal safety and efficiency across our operations in Ireland.”

Ilkka Annala, vice president if intelligent crane solutions at Kalmar, highlighted that the company’s step-wise approach to automation had allowed “terminals to take the automation journey at their own pace”.