Kalmar and Dublin Ferryport Terminals to enter ground-breaking cooperation in RTG automation
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to extend its long-standing relationship with Dublin Ferryport terminals (DFT) with an order for Kalmar AutoRTG System. The order was booked in Cargotec's fourth quarter 2016 intake and delivery is scheduled to start during second quarter 2017, the company said in its press release.
Part of the container and terminal division of Irish Continental Group, DFT operates the most modern container terminal at Dublin Port. The terminal handles approximately 325,000 TEUs each year and is anticipating significant growth of around 20 per cent over the next five years. The order forms part of DFT's investment programme focused on ensuring the terminal is equipped with the latest technologies to support expected growth.
The scope includes two Kalmar AutoRTG cranes with fully automated stack operation and remote controlled truck handling. DFT will start with semi-automated functions which are controlled remotely, and add fully automated features in the stacking area in the future. Kalmar is also responsible for integrating the cranes to the terminal operating system. Service, maintenance and technical support will be provided by Kalmar's site based engineering team who have a permanent presence at the terminal.
The Kalmar RTG helps cut costs and eliminate emissions and noise without compromising productivity, reliability or flexibility. The electric power system completely eliminates the need for engine component maintenance, which translates into much lower downtime and reduced maintenance costs. DFT's existing fleet includes five Kalmar RTGs, four Kalmar empty container handlers and a Kalmar reach stacker.