New STS, RTG cranes for Saudi Global Ports


The new cranes are set to bolster SGP’s capacity from 2.5 million TEU up to 3.2 million TEU.

Saudi Global Ports (SGP), a joint venture between the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), Singapore’s PSA International, and the Al Balagaa Group, has received three quay cranes and three hybrid automated RTGs at King Abdulaziz Port Dammam (KAPD).

The cranes were delivered by the Chinese crane manufacturing powerhouse ZPMC.

SGP said that the quay cranes have a minimum outreach of 25 rows, with the possibility of further extension, allowing SGP to handle next-generation 24,000 TEU vessels. They also feature ‘automation capabilities’, according to the company.

The RTGs have a capacity of 40t, a loading profile of 6+1 rows wide and a stacking height of one-over-six.

The STS cranes and RTGs will first undergo approximately eight weeks of testing and commissioning before being ready for operations in August 2024. SGP has also placed orders for an additional 15 hybrid-RTGs which are expected to be delivered in July 2024.

“The support of the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) in transforming KAPD and the positive economic trajectory of Saudi Arabia has given SGP the confidence to invest boldly in equipment and civil works. The arrival of these quay cranes and RTGs will strengthen SGP’s handling capacity, allowing us to provide better service levels to our customers and keep trade flowing,” CEO of SGP Edward Tah said.

SGP, supported by its technical partner, PSA International, committed in 2020 to invest up to SAR 7 billion over its 30-year concession (US$ 1.86 billion) to operate and develop both container terminals at KAPD over four phases. The purchase of this equipment is part of its Phase 1 expansion plans.

The delivery expands the existing fleet of 15 quay cranes and 47 RTGs at SGP and will bolster its capacity from 2.5 million TEU up to 3.2 million TEU.

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