Electric cranes for BEST container terminal

electric cranes The Konecranes electric cranes move on rails. Credit: Hutchison Ports BEST

Hutchison Ports’ BEST container terminal in the Port of Barcelona has received six new electric automated cranes from Konecranes to help reduce emissions and improve operational efficiency.

These cranes are electric and move on rails, like most of the terminal´s equipment. Hutchison Ports Group has remained committed to building an efficient and environmentally sustainable terminal in the Port of Barcelona, said the company.

The investment also increases the terminal’s storage capacity from 24 to 27 automated blocks. Currently, these blocks are being assembled and tested and they are expected to be fully operational in June.

More capacity

Guillermo Belcastro, Hutchison Ports BEST CEO, stated: “This investment will result in a significant increase in operational and storage capacity at the terminal and will contribute to our continuous improvement of service levels both in maritime and land operations.”

Since its official inauguration in September 2012, BEST has achieved a ship productivity rate of more than 200 movements per hour and a sustained average performance of more than 40 movements per hour and by crane, one of the highest in the world.

Hutchison Ports BEST is the first semi-automated terminal developed by Hutchison Ports Group. The terminal has one of the most modern gate systems in Europe and one of the largest railway terminals within a container terminal in the Mediterranean, with eight mixed gauge tracks (Iberian and UIC), connecting BEST daily with different parts of Spain and the South of France.

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