Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) has taken delivery of two remote-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and ten hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, as part of the planned expansion of Jeddah port’s largest facility.
The US$35m investment will help to double the terminal’s capacity to 5.2m teu per year by 2023.
RSGT CEO Jens Floe said: “This is another key milestone in RSGT’s commitment and continuous investment to enhance our world-class terminal services. As well as increase the efficiency and capability to meet the different levels of customer needs for next-generation vessels.”
The new 65-tonne twin-lift capacity STS cranes can accommodate the latest generation of ultra-large container ships (ULCS) of 24,000+ teu capacity, with a reach of 70 m and a height of 52 m.
Manufactured by ZPMC, the semi-automated STS units feature advanced technology such as remote control, optical character scanning capability, chassis alignment and automatic landing systems.
In addition, they offer vessel profiling, gantry and trolley positioning systems and intelligent condition monitoring systems.
The operator hopes that the hybrid RTGs will enhance environmentally sustainable terminal and yard operations by automatically switching to battery power from diesel power to optimise efficiency.
This will help to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during container handling operations.
By 2023, the terminal, which is the only facility at the Port of Jeddah capable of accommodating UCLS class mega-ships, will deploy 24 super post-Panamax quay cranes and 67 RTGs.
Plans are underway for a total investment of US$1.7bn on infrastructure, equipment and improvements, ultimately increasing annual container throughput capacity to 8.8m teu.
Floe added: “RSGT is the largest logistics gateway, and the largest container terminal, in Saudi Arabia, and on the Red Sea. Our goal is to attract and growth the regional transhipment business through continuing providing world-class service to our customer’s vessels and hinterland supply chain.”