Yard crane survey insight

Lars Meurling Lars Meurling
Industry Database

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) recently made its fifth annual yard crane survey publically available. In this issue’s PEMA column, Lars Meurling, chair of PEMA’s Safety & Environmental Committee, provides an overview of the report and its findings.

The survey provides uniquely detailed information on the main types of global quay and terminal crane deliveries. The survey seeks to determine size of the yard crane market by equipment delivery volumes.

Based on original data gathered from port equipment manufacturers worldwide, the survey provides details about deliveries of the main types of yard and terminal cranes, including:

  • Rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes
  • Electric rubber-tyred gantry (E-RTG) cranes
  • Rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes
  • Automated stacking cranes (ASC)

The survey was conducted in February and March 2016. All known yard crane manufacturers were contacted, (totalling 16), and asked to complete a questionnaire regarding details of deliveries made in 2015.

Brian Robson, independent container and transport consultant, conducted the study. Mr Robson regularly conducts surveys on behalf of the Association and is able to provide historical data to provide valuable trend information.

While respondents were asked to differentiate between RTG and E-RTG cranes, not all did so, and it is therefore possible that numbers for these two crane types are not entirely complete. However, overall the report provides valuable insights into a market for which reliable information tends to be challenging to find.

Key findings

The survey found that there was a decrease in yard crane deliveries in 2015, from 790 in 2014 to 678 in 2015, an overall reduction of 13%.

Deliveries of RTGs were down 5% on the year, (from 507 to 480); while the number of RMG deliveries registered a more marked 31% fall, although it should be noted that RMG deliveries were the highest ever recorded, (283 units), in the previous year.

China took delivery of 133 RTGs in 2015 and Asia, excluding China, received 127 RTGs, while 94 RTGs were delivered to European applications.

An active association

PEMA often co-operates with other industry organisations and groups and fora, sharing expertise in areas such as safety, environmental stewardship, technological advances and regulatory compliance.

In addition to initiatives such as these, PEMA regularly publishes information papers, independent research reports, and technology briefings intended to inform decision makers in the ports and terminals sector regarding the design, manufacture and operation of port equipment.

While the association does not – and may not – advocate specific technologies, it does seek to contribute to industry awareness of issues and options that ports and terminals may wish to consider. Topics recently covered include container weighing, crane fatigue, container yard automation, and laser technologies. All publications are available for free download at pema.org/publications/

In addition to the Safety & Environment Committee, PEMA divides its work across the Automation & Control Technologies Committee and the Equipment Design & Infrastructure Committee, which also regularly publish information papers, technology briefings and independent research.

About PEMA

Founded in 2004, PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors. The Association has seen strong growth in recent years, and now has more than 100 member companies representing all facets of the industry, including crane, equipment and component manufacturers, automation, software and technology providers, consultants and other experts. Learn more at pema.org

As of December 2016, PEMA along with 20 other organisations has joined the Industry Alliance for Multimodal Connectivity and Logistics (I AM) led by FEPORT, which seeks to promote the interests of the ports and shipping sector in the context of EU policy initiatives


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