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ABB wins automation contract for T4 from DP World

ABB will deliver automation and remote control solutions for DP World’s Terminal 4.
Terminal 4 is currently being developed on a man made island adjacent to T2.
Terminal 4 is currently being developed on a man made island adjacent to T2.

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ABB has announced the signing of a contract to deliver automation and remote control solutions to DP World’s Terminal 4, which is currently being developed adjacent to T2.

The first phase of Terminal 4 will add 1.3m teu capacity by 2018, with container handling to be performed by 13 ship to shore (STS) cranes and 35 automatic stacking cranes (ASC) – all equipped will feature automation and remote control solutions from ABB.

“DP World’s new concept of placing the control room within the port area but outside the terminal with increased distance between the cranes and the control room, are what we see as the next level in remote operation,” says Fred Hoonaard, group vice president of ABB Ports.

“This concept simplifies the security procedures for crane operators since they can reach their control stations without going through security control required for entering the terminal,” he added.

Terminal 4 will feature a similar set-up at Terminal 3, DP World officials told LogisticsMiddleEast.com during a port tour last month. The key difference will be that in Terminal 4 all STS and stacking cranes will be operated from a control room located away from the quay of the terminal.

Terminal 3 commenced operations last year with 50 Automated Rail Mounted Gantries (ARMG).

“Investments in state-of-the art automation systems and remote control in our terminals together with increasing capacity reinforces Jebel Ali’s position as a leading trade hub and gateway of the whole region,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director of DP World’s UAE region.

“With the concepts and technologies we have chosen to deploy, we are building facilities that meet the requirements of our customers and their new mega ships,” he added.

Communication between the terminal and the control room is compliant with safety classified communication requirements and will aim to ensure that the crane operator is able to perform real-time and time critical process control functions at all times.

After the completion of the project, the port’s total capacity will by 22.1m TEU.

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