APM Terminals, part of Maersk Group, has placed an order for 12 Rubber-Tire Gantry cranes (RTGs) for APM Terminals Algeciras, Spain, and four RTGs for APM Terminals Apapa, Nigeria, with delivery in one year.
The new 16-wheeled RTGs, to be manufactured by Konecranes, will offer a lifting capacity of 41 tons, and the ability to maneuver containers into stacks five containers high.
APM Terminals Algeciras, the largest container terminal in the Western Mediterranean market, has recently completed upgrading cranes and quay infrastructure to accommodate Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) of 18,000+ TEU capacity. In addition to heightening four existing cranes in 2014, four new Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes were delivered last May.
APM Terminals Algeciras has recently suffered setbacks caused by a strike of around 250 workers of companies related to the terminal operator over collective bargaining agreement. The strike that started on January 7 is set to last until January 20.
The four RTGs ordered for APM Terminals Apapa will bring the total fleet to 14 RTGs. A USD 135 million investment and expansion program was announced for APM Terminals Apapa in 2011. APM Terminals has invested USD 220 million in Apapa since assuming the concession in 2006. —-World Maritime News