South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in Lae, Papua New Guinea, recently took delivery of three new hybrid rubber-tired gantries (RTGs) ahead of schedule.
The equipment are part of the ICTSI Group’s ongoing program to strengthen and enhance overall operational efficiency at PNG’s leading container terminal.
This investment of over PGK15.6 million, places SPICT ahead of its 2022 commitments and 50 percent above the initial agreed outlay on operational efficiency improvements.
With a lifting capacity of 41 tons, the RTGs, both running on diesel and electric power, are expected to be deployed operationally this month. The 16-wheel cable reel RTGs can stack one over five containers high and six containers wide, including truck roadway.
They include a number of safety and productivity enhancing features such as: Active Load Control, which prevents load sway and provides micro-motions in both trolley and gantry directions; Auto-steering with container positioning interfaced to the terminal operating system; stack collision prevention; a truck guiding system; and a truck trailer anti-lifting system.
Once the commissioning is complete, these RTGs will be automation-ready.
ICTSI South Pacific has invested in three mobile harbor cranes for its Lae terminal; and there are presently six Papua New Guinean crane operators, three of whom are female, currently training at ICTSI’s Manila flagship as part of efforts to further enhance the performance of equipment operators.
“We are very proud of this order. It is the result of our commitment to innovation and proven performance around the world, and it will further strengthen our presence in Papua New Guinea,” said Anil Singh, ICTSI South Pacific chief executive officer.
He adds: “Technology is a central part of our terminal operations, and investment is being placed in training to grow competency and skills because it is people who drive the technology.”