Konecranes has booked its second big port automation deal in the Abu Dhabi port
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has selected Konecranes to be the supplier of the automated stacking crane (ASC) system for the second phase of the the container terminal in Khalifa Port. The order includes the TMEIC crane control and automation system.
The tender for of 54 ASCs was published in May by the newly-created joint venture of Abu Dhabi Ports and Terminal Investment Limited (MSC). The order is in Konecranes’ Q4 2018 order intake.
Between 2012 and 2016 Konecranes successfully delivered 52 ARMGs (30 + 12 + 10), on time and on budget for the first phase of KPCT container terminal operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, which went live in December 2012.
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, Acting 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 ARMGs on 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 11-wide. They will be equipped with automation controls and Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system. Konecranes states that ALC combines advanced sway control and horizontal fine positioning, providing very efficient container handling in the ARMG yard during both automated and remote operation.
Ahead of the project TIL has recruited Oscar Pernia Fernandez as Director of Automation and Process Engineering at TIL. Fernandez was previously at Navis, and before than was a Process, Systems and Innovation Team Leader at TTI Algeciras when it implemented an ASC yard system.