Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), the terminal of Hutchison Ports in Barcelona, has ordered the purchase of six new automated cranes (ASCs) from Konecranes, which will arrive in the harbour during the first half of next year.
With the arrival of the six new automated cranes, BEST will go from 24 to 27 automated blocks and will culminate its second phase of expansion, which began in February 2014. This is the second improvement that BEST carries out in its facilities this year.
The fleet of shuttle carriers, the cranes in charge of transferring the containers between the different areas of the terminal, has been increased with the arrival of six new machines “that will further improve the efficiency in the operations of the terminal, which is already between the most productive in the world”.
The new shuttle carriers operate with a diesel-electric engine, which represents an improvement in the energy efficiency of the Hutchison Ports terminal and, together with the rest of electrical equipment, such as dock cranes and cranes in the storage area and in the rail terminal, “place it as one of the most environmentally sustainable facilities in the European environment”, BEST said.
Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of Hutchison Ports BEST, has indicated that the new investment “will result in an increase in the operational and storage capacity of the terminal and will contribute to the continuous improvement of the quality of service, both in maritime and land operations”.