DP World opens 'most automated container terminal'
DP World, together with joint-venture partners APL (Singapore), HMM (South Korea) , MOL (Japan), and CMA-CGM (France), has officially opened the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal, providing the most automated container terminal in the world.
DP World chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem was a guest speaker at the grand opening ceremony along with the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutale; RWG managing director Ronald Lugthart; RWG board of directors chairman Rob van Dijk; and Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein.
Bin Sulayem said: “Rotterdam World Gateway promises to provide an unrivalled level of automation and customer service and brings a new era of technology and modern efficiency in container terminal operations.
"The ease of connectivity between container vessels, barges, road and rail is a vision of how the future can look in our industry.
"With RWG, the future of container port operations promises to be cleaner, greener, safer, quicker, more inclusive and brighter. I am extremely proud that DP World and our partners are part of that future.”
Mayor Aboutaleb added: “If we, as a global port, have the ambition to remain a world player, we need outstanding companies that are ready for the future. RWG is such an organisation.”
In a statement, DP World said RWG's terminal is able to handle the largest container vessels afloat efficiently and reliably due to its innovative character.
With dedicated handling facilities for road, rail and barge and extensive automation on site, RWG looks very different to a traditional marine container terminal.
RWG, which has a current capacity of 2.35 million TEU, employs about 180 people. A large number of the workforce are IT specialists due to the level of innovation and automation at the terminal, representing a new approach to container operations.
The high level of automation at the terminal brings benefits for RWG when it comes to safety and sustainability; innovative concepts result in shorter distances for internal terminal transport and less equipment on the terminal.
RWG's fully electric cranes are powered by 100% green energy and generate their own power.
The facility has eleven deep-sea cranes, three barge/feeder cranes, two rail cranes and 50 automatic stacking cranes.