DCT Gdańsk to intensify container transhipment by ordering more semi-automatic cranes

2022/08/30 at 3:40 PM

DCT Gdańsk, the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea and a member of the PSA Group, placed an order for 10 new semi-automatic cranes (ARTG) from Konecranes. The terminal has also committed to modernising its current fleet of 15 Konecranes RTG cranes. This will allow for the dynamic development of the terminal, which will accelerate even more after the opening of a new deep-water quay in 2024.

The new order is necessary due to the constant development of the terminal and the expected continuation of the demand for new services. Growth will be possible through the construction of a new, deep-water Terminal 3, which is scheduled to open in spring 2024. As a result, the terminal will increase its annual transhipment capacity from 2.9 million TEU today to 4.5 million TEU by 2025.

“This purchase will definitely contribute to the development and growth of our company’s technological advancement, as well as provide higher efficiency and safety for both our employees and customers. I am sure it will help us move forward faster and more effectively with our new ambitious projects in the near future. Our partnership with Konecranes also reflects our shared commitment to sustainable operations and investments by providing services with a low carbon footprint, both for the construction and implementation of new equipment,” said Charles Baker, CEO of DCT Gdańsk.

Technologies and advantages

Both the new ARTGs and the modernised cranes will be equipped with the latest ARTG technologies from Konecranes. Remote Operating Stations (ROS) will oversee truck service; Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology will be able to identify individual container numbers; indoor/outdoor truck recognition will be based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that captures smart labels using radio waves.

New and modernised ARTG cranes have many advantages. They will ensure high efficiency and predictability of operations as well as improve safety as human-machine interaction will be significantly less than with traditional, manually operated X-rays. Finally, this investment is in line with DCT’s commitment to promoting sustainable activities as both companies use environmentally friendly solutions.

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