Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) in Jeddah has bought two new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, as it looks to accommodate the latest generation of ultra-large container ships (UCLS) now in service.
The cranes, which have a 70 m reach and a 52 m height from rail level, are worth US$22m, bringing RSGT’s total STS crane deployment to 16.
Also included in the infrastructure and equipment improvement phase are 10 new hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), 50 new trucks, and trailers, representing an additional US$19m expenditure.
RSGT CEO Jens Floe said: “We have at RSGT seen a solid 28% growth in volume during 2019 and this latest US$41m investment emphasises the continuing commitment to providing our customers a premium value proposition, and the emergence of RSGT as a key link in the growing global logistics chain.”
Delivery of the new equipment will commence in the fourth quarter of 2019, with completion expected during the first half of 2020.
The purchases will bring the overall investment made by RSGT, Saudi Arabia’s largest terminal operator, to more than US$740m.
The new 65 tonne twin-lift capacity STS cranes, to be supplied by ZPMC, feature automation technology such as remote control, optical character scanning capability, chassis alignment and automatic landing systems, vessel profiling, gantry and trolley positioning systems and intelligent status condition monitoring systems.