SAUDI Arabia's Jeddah port is aiming to double its annual container throughput capacity to 5.2 million TEU by 2023 with the expanded facilities at the Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT).
RSGT has taken delivery of two state-of-the-art remote-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 10 hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) as part of its latest planned expansion.
CEO of RSGT, Jens Floe, said: "RSGT is the largest logistics gateway and the largest container terminal in Saudi Arabia, and on the Red Sea. Our goal is to attract and grow the regional transshipment business through continuing providing world-class service to our customer's vessels and hinterland supply chain."
The new 65-tonne twin-lift capacity STS cranes can accommodate the latest generation of ULCS of 24,000 TEU capacity, with a 70-metre reach and a 52-metre height. RSGT is the only terminal at the port of Jeddah capable of accommodating such mega ships.
The new hybrid-RTGs will enhance environmentally sustainable terminal and yard operations by automatically switching to battery power from diesel power to optimise efficiency by reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during container handling operations.
By 2023, RSGT aims to deploy 24 super post-panamax quay cranes and 67 RTGs. Plans are underway for a total investment of US$1.7 billion on RSGT's infrastructure and equipment, ultimately increasing annual container throughput capacity to 8.8 million TEU, reports Seatrade Maritime Times, Colchester, UK.