dws-apm-terminal-maasvlakte-opening-willem-alexander2-770pxThe Netherlands’ Monarch King Willem-Alexander officially opened the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam on 27 April, by informing a remote crane operator to launch the multi-coloured ballet of containers.

The APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam facility ushers in a new era in port innovation. The facility launches the world’s first container terminal to utilize remotely-controlled STS gantry cranes.

Maasvlakte II is the latest extension of the port of Rotterdam with a new 700 ha deep-sea port created in the North Sea at -17 m depth.

dws-apm-terminal-maasvlakte-opening-containers-3500pxGame-changer port
APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said: "We are honored to officially dedicate our new terminal with you today. APM Terminals Maasvlakte II is clearly a game-changer port in the shipping industry designed to exceed our customers’ expectations. It is significantly safer for our people and all users of the port. It runs on a zero emissions, sustainable business model using renewable energy, benefitting the people of Rotterdam and Europe. And, equally important, our shipping line customers will experience 40 percent higher productivity – thanks to automation."

Fully automated handling of containers
The APM terminal utilizes remotely-controlled STS gantry cranes to move containers between vessels and the landside fleet of 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles (Lift-AGVs) which transport containers between the quay and the container yard, including barge and on-dock rail facilities.

The Lift-AGV’s also represent the world’s first series of AGV’s that can actually lift and stack a container. A fleet of 54 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) then positions containers in the yard in a high-density stacking system.

The terminal’s power requirements are provided by wind-generated electricity, enabling terminal operations, which produce no CO2, emissions or pollutants, and which are also considerably quieter than conventional diesel-powered facilities.

The facility, constructed on land entirely reclaimed from the North Sea, has been designed as a multi-modal hub to reduce truck traffic in favor of barge and rail connections to inland locations.

dws-apm-terminal-maasvlakte-opening-aerial-350pxFirst phase operational
Construction began in May 2012, with the first commercial vessel call in December 2014.

Successful systems testing and ramp-up have been completed to bring the first phase of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II into full operational status.

The 86 hectare deep-water terminal features 1,000 meters of quay, on-dock rail, and eight fully-automated electric-powered Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes, with an annual throughput capacity of 2.7 million TEUs, representing an APM Terminals investment of 500 million euro.

At planned full build-out, the terminal will cover 180 hectares and offer 2,800 meters of deep-sea quay, with an annual throughput capacity of 4.5 million TEUs.

This news item was originally published on the website of APM Terminals.

Read also on this website
● First container vessel calls at new Maasvlakte 2, Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 30 December 2014
● Port of Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte 2 extension officially opened for shipping, 23 May 2013
● Contractor PUMA completes first part of Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 18 April 2013
● Seawall around Rotterdam's Maasvlakte closed, 13 July 2012
● APM Terminals selects Dutch consortium for construction of Maasvlakte II terminal, 21 April 2012

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Summary video of the opening celebrations of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II on 24 April 2015 in presence of the Dutch King Willem-Alexander.