The Port of Virginia has installed five Brieda remote control stations for container cranes - the first time this technology has been deployed in the US.
Italy’s Brieda Cabins has announced the launch of a Remote Ground Control Station (RGCS) for container crane operations. The RGCS has been developed over 12 months in conjunction with the Port of Virginia.
The RGCS uses a similar crane driver seat and control system to the DYCS (Dynamic Control Station) and the Brieda Remote Control Desk. Brieda’s DYCS is unique in the industry, and its design principles and development story are explained in this earlier article.
Importantly, Brieda has achieved certification certification to ISO and European EN ergonomic standards for both the DYCS and the Brieda Remote Control Desk. Details of the standards and level of certification can be read at this link.
The new RCGS combines these features with a layout specifically designed to operate container cranes, including STS cranes. The crane control seat and “an arm box control panel with a remote desk that can be customised to present specific information on screen, enhancing communication between teams and boosting operational efficiency,” Brieda noted.
Virginia is taking another bold step, but the terminal is very familiar with remote controlled equipment. It was the first port in the US to operate a remote control container crane when it installed ASCs with the TMEIC crane control system over a decade ago. It is currently in the process of rolling out ASCs at its Norfolk International Terminal, after having completed an expansion of the ASC yard at Virginia International Gateway.
When this story was initially published Brieda stated that Virginia would use the new RCGS to control STS cranes, transitioning its existing drivers from the crane cab to the remote control room. The Port of Virginia has subsequently advised that this is not correct. It will use the new remote control stations for the cantilever RMG (CRMG) cranes at the expanded rail yard at VIG. Virginia’s rail volume is increasing steadily, and the four new Konecranes CRMG cranes will be the backbone of the opertation. Phase I of the rail yard project is completed and the second phase will completed in late May. "Our rail volume is increasing and knowing this, it was essential that we have a 21st-century system in place to ensure an efficient, productive and safe operation," a port spokesperson addded.
The Brieda RCGS can configured for any type of crane, offering a pathway for terminals with remote controlled yard cranes to bring STS operators inside, if they decide to take that path in the future.