CSP Spain’s Iberian Valencia Terminal has acquired six Konecranes new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) as part of its €62m (US$73m) investment plan in the Port of Valencia.
Part of CSP Spain’s 2020-2023 plan, the investment aims to increase the competitiveness of the Valencian container terminal by improving its offering and capacity.
The six new RTG cranes offer a 41-tonne load capacity, a lifting height up to 18.1 m (5+1 containers) and gauge between the legs for six containers and truck passage.
These cranes are similar to a type already working in the terminals at the Port of Valencia and are all-electric RTGs with an advanced Diesel Fuel Saver system and 100% LED lighting.
The Konecranes RTGs will enter into service during the last quarter of 2020 once assembly and erection operations are completed.
CSP Spain’s investment plan in Valencia includes the acquisition of three MalaccaMax type ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, scheduled for arrival in the first quarter of 2022, and a further eight new RTGs to be added to the newly acquired six.
Furthermore, CSP Spain intends to implement Navis’ N4 terminal operating system and purchase more equipment such as lift trucks, reach stackers and e4mpty container handlers.
Last December, the terminal completed a 15 ha extension in order to bring its total yard size to 145 ha.
This investment plan, together with more than €100m a (US$118.1m) already invested in the last five years, will increase the Port of Valencia’s operating capacity by 3% to 5m teu from the current capacity of approximately 2.5m teu.
It is hoped that the investment will be a stimulus for the sector and an economic boost for recovery after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.