Crane automation systems selected for new port in Abu Dhabi
TMEIC GE will provide the crane automation systems to Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) for the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, UAE. TMEIC GE will automate 30 Konecranes automated stacking cranes (ASC). The port project will be completed in two phases, 14 cranes by the end of March 2012, and 16 by the end of June 2012.
ADPC’s Khalifa Port development is an infrastructural landmark that will support the development of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) as a major industrial zone in the region. It features the latest technology and is designed to accommodate the largest ships. The port’s initial capacity upon opening in Q4 2012 will be two million TEU.
The project features TMEIC GE’s Maxview vision system which allows the ASC’s to automatically align the spreader to the container and to operate unmanned. The cranes will execute the instructions coming from the Terminal Operating System (TOS) and operate in full automation mode, using TMEIC GE’s CraneDirector to interface to TOS. The ASC can also be remotely operated through a Remote Operation Center also supplied by TMEIC GE.
TMEIC GE has worked with Konecranes on numerous port projects including 30 ASC for a terminal in Virginia, USA and a recent order for 36 ASC for a new terminal in Barcelona, Spain.
– Edited by Gust Gianos, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com