Vado Gateway presented to customers

Vado Gateway presented to customers
Vado will be the first semi-automated terminal in Italy

APM Terminals (APMT) has confirmed to customers that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on December 12 this year.

Once operational, the Vado Gateway Terminal will be fully integrated with the existing Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal.

Vado Ligure will become the first semi-automated port in Italy with a fully-automated gate and stacking yard.

The 700 m deep-sea berth at Vado Gateway will be capable of handling the latest ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) and up to 1.1m teu per annum.

A new off-dock rail facility for both port terminals (4 lanes, 450 m length) will provide rapid access to central and northern Europe such as Switzerland, Germany and France, as well as regions in Northern Italy, such as Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. The facility has the capacity for 14 trains per day.

Over the coming month, the final ship-to-shore (STS) cranes will be installed, and a range of tests will be carried out.

Each of the four cranes is over 90 m in height and weighs in at around 1,800 tonnes. They have a horizontal reach of 23 rows of containers, a maximum 65-tonne capacity in twin lift configuration and 100 tonnes ‘under hook’.

The terminal will operate a highly automated yard using 14 automatic rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes, intervening from a remote-control room only when required.

No one will be physically present in the yard during container handling, allowing the terminal to maintain high safety standards. Access to the automated forecourt will only be possible for maintenance activities when the cranes are non-operational.

Containers arriving at the Vado Gateway will be recorded using dynamic video cameras installed on quay cranes (STS), which will automatically send the information to the terminal’s operating system (TOS).

Last month, APMTVado Ligure replaced its existing TOS with Navis 4, to support the facility as well as increase the terminal’s operational efficiency.

N4is fully integrated with all the other equipment and enables real-time container tracking while also enabling integration with the other APMT companies in the world.

Containers will be transported around the terminal using hybrid straddle carriers. Operators will receive instructions directly from the TOS.

Exchange areas within the terminal are equipped with cameras and sensors which, in the event of non-compliance with safety regulations, will trigger an alarm mechanism and block further operations.

On completion the integrated Vado Ligure Port complex will be accessible via 14 reversible gate lanes. The aim is to achieve truck-turn-times of around 30 minutes using a truck appointment system which is fully integrated with TOS.

As trucks arrive at the port, the license plate of the vehicle and the container number will be registered using optical character recognition (OCR).

If all previously submitted documentation is complete, the truck will automatically be granted access to operating areas.