Konecranes wins port automation deal in the Middle East

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Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has selected Konecranes to be the supplier of an Automated Stacking Crane (ASC) system for the second phase of the building of its container terminal in Khalifa Port: the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT).

This is an order for a total of 54 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the value of the deal. The order will be booked in Q4 2018.

Konecranes earlier successfully delivered 52 ARMG cranes, on time and on budget for the first phase of KPCT container terminal, which went live on 12/12/12.

The second phase involves a large expansion of the terminal area, infrastructure, container handling capacity, and the delivery of 54 Konecranes ARMGs. This is a major system delivery, and Konecranes’ ability to deliver on time and on budget was an important factor for Abu Dhabi Terminals.

Abdullah Al Hameli, A/CEO, Abu Dhabi Terminals, commented: “Konecranes performed very well throughout the first phase of the construction of our container terminal. In a critical infrastructure project of this kind, which is so important for the future of KPCT, we selected Konecranes because we know and trust their technology, delivery expertise and service support.”

Mika Mahlberg, EVP, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “I thank Abu Dhabi Terminals for their continuing trust in Konecranes. This trust is well-placed. We will deliver on our commitment with excellent automated crane technology and service, on time and on budget.”

The 54 ARMG cranes of this order will be similar to those delivered in the first phase. They will have a lifting capacity of 40 tons, stacking 1-over-6 containers high. Thirty of the cranes will be nine-wide, and twenty-four will be eleven-wide. They will be equipped with automation controls and Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system. ALC combines advanced sway control and horizontal fine positioning, providing very efficient container handling in the ARMG yard during both automated and remote operation.

About Abu Dhabi Terminals:

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) is the management company and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

With its state-of-the-art infrastructure, outstanding productivity levels and innovative approach, KPCT is the region’s first semi-automated port and one of the most technologically advanced and has consistently been one of the fastest growing container terminals in the world.

Since its official opening and inauguration on 12 December 2012, KPCT has grown to support the local market with more than 30 weekly container line services directly calling in excess of 100 global destinations, thereby offering the ideal hub location for connecting local trade with a wide global logistics network.

ADT’s diversification of supply services offers a full suite of logistics solutions to benefit trade partners and shipping lines. ADT is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports and Terminal Investment Limited (TIL).

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