Red Sea Gateway Terminal On Track to Double Capacity by 2023
Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) has taken delivery of two state-of-the-art remote-controlled STS cranes, and 10 hybrid-RTGs, as part of the latest steps in the planned expansion of Jeddah Port's premier facility to double annual container throughput capacity to 5.2 million TEUs by 2023.
"This is another key milestone in RSGT's commitment and continuous investment to enhance our world-class terminal services. As well as increase the efficiency and capability to meet the different levels of customer needs for next-generation vessels," stated RSGT CEO Jens Floe.
The new 65-tonne twin-lift capacity STS cranes can accommodate the latest generation of Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) of 24,000+ TEU capacity, with a 70-meter reach and a 52-meter height.
RSGT is the only terminal at the Port of Jeddah capable of accommodating the ULCS class's mega-ships.
Manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, China, the new semi-automated STS cranes feature advanced technology such as remote control, Optical Character Scanning; chassis alignment, and automatic landing systems; vessel profiling; and intelligent status condition monitoring systems.
The new hybrid-RTGs will enhance environmentally sustainable terminal and yard operations by automatically switching to battery power from diesel power to optimize efficiency by reducing fuel consumption and harmful greenhouse gas emissions during container handling operations. .
By 2023, RSGT will deploy 24 Super Post-Panamax quay cranes and 67 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs)
Plans are underway for a total investment of $1.7 billion on infrastructure, equipment, and improvements in line with RSGT'S commitment to Jeddah's future, ultimately increasing annual container throughput capacity to 8.8 million TEUs.
Mr. Floe adds: "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 by continuing to provide world-class service to our customer's vessels and hinterland supply chain."