PSA Sines orders six Automated Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes


PSA Sines, the Portuguese subsidiary of PSA International, will, for the first time, venture into Automated Rubber-Tired Gantry (ARTG) systems by purchasing six electric-powered ARTGs from Konecranes. The cranes will be delivered in Q1 2024.

The fully automated cranes will improve efficiency, performance predictability and safety at PSA Sines and support the terminal’s expansion plans. When its new phase is completed, the terminal will almost double its annual handling capacity from 2.3 to 4.1 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units).

The new ARTGs will be able to stack up to five containers instead of only three with straddle carriers. In addition, truck handling and exceptions will be managed via a Remote Operating Station (ROS) for increased safety by minimizing man-machine interaction.

“This equipment is PSA Sines’ first venture into automated yard equipment. Therefore, we need a supplier with the experience, service support and know-how to automate the truck lanes and yard stacking operations. It is also essential that the supplier can integrate their equipment with our in-house Equipment Control System. Konecranes can give us confidence in their ability to meet our needs,” says Balachandran Krishnamurthi, Director (Projects) at PSA Sines.

“Our collaboration with PSA Sines is an excellent example of Konecranes’ path to port automation, where container terminals improve productivity and safety in manageable steps. From smart features to full automation, the path can include supervised operations to remote operations, to smoothly introduce the power of automation,” says Jussi Sarpio, Director of Automated Yard Cranes, Port Solutions, Konecranes.

The new state-of-the-art equipment will reinforce PSA Sines’ position as one of the main ports of the Iberia Peninsula and contribute towards the company’s sustainable goals by reducing its carbon footprint.

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