Yilport has signed contracts with Konecranes for the delivery of automated rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane systems to two of its Portuguese terminals and another in Sweden.
Each system will have six ARTGs operated under a supervised operation concept, with four remote operating stations (ROSs).
They will be built as extensions to the container yards of Yilport’s Gävle container terminal in Sweden and the Liscont and Leixões terminals in Portugal.
Robert Yuksel Yildirim, president and CEO of Yildirim Group, said that Yilport had chosen Konecranes technology because of the manufacturer’s technical support and its reputation for “reliable” automated E-RTG cranes.
The 18 ARTGs on order are fully electric cranes powered by busbar systems. They are 16-wheel machines stacking 1-over-6 high and seven containers + truck lane wide in Gävle and Liscont, and 6 containers + truck lane wide in Leixões.
They will be equipped with the Finnish company’s Active Load Control (ALC) system, which aims to eliminate container sway and enable highly productive automated operation.
The units will also be equipped with a suite of smart features under the supervised operation concept.
A statement from Konecranes noted that full automation does not necessarily need to be the final goal on the “path to port automation” as container terminals should focus on improving productivity and safety in manageable steps.