Terminal Darsena Toscana in Livorno, a GIP/PSA company, is set to become the first container terminal operator in Italy to adopt remote control for RTGs; PSA Voltri Prà takes delivery of 21 E-RTGs from ZPMC
During 2019 TDT Livorno will acquire two RTGs that will be equipped for remote control. No orders have yet been placed, but three companies have been shortlisted.
The news was revealed by TDT’s Director General Marco Mignogna during an "open day" for company employees and their families.
TDT is proposing that older workers, who are approaching retirement, are most suited to operating the existing park of 14 RTGs, and the workers to train for remote operations are younger ones, who are in the 25-30 age group. This is normal thinking in the ports industry.
Mignogna believes this will be a first for container terminals in Italy.
TDT is the biggest container handler in Livorno, with a throughput of 535,000 TEU last year.
Meanwhile, PSA has taken delivery of 21 advanced E-RTGs from China at its Voltri Prà terminal in Genoa, with the last set of 11 just delivered by ZHEN HUA 19. These are the first E-RTGs in the port and represent an investment of €40M. They will replace diesel electric yard cranes.