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Wednesday, 30 December 2015
ABB to Automate DP World’s Mega-Terminal
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will deliver automation and remote control solutions to the underway Terminal 4 (T4) at Jebel Ali Port. T4 will be operated by the global marine terminal operator DP World in Dubai, UAE.
The first phase of the new T4 will add 3.1 million TEU of capacity to Jebel Ali Port by 2018. This capacity will be achieved with 13 ship to shore (STS) cranes and 35 automatic stacking cranes(ASC), all equipped with automation and remote control solutions from ABB.
The operational concept of Terminal 4 will be similar to that in Terminal 3, which commenced operations in 2014 with its 50 ARMGs.
However, with T4, DP World will take another step in remote operations, with all STS and stacking cranes at the terminal operated from a control room located away from the quay of the terminal.
Fred Hoonaard, Group Vice President of ABB Ports, said: “DP World’s new concept of placing the control room within the port area but outside the terminal with increased distance between the cranes and the control room, are what we see as the next level in remote operation.
“This concept simplifies the security procedures for crane operators since they can reach their control stations without going through security control required for entering the terminal.”
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “Investments in state-of-the art automation systems and remote control in our terminals together with increasing capacity reinforces Jebel Ali’s position as a leading trade hub and gateway of the whole region.
“With the concepts and technologies we have chosen to deploy, we are building facilities that meet the requirements of our customers and their new mega ships.
“We are building capacity to accommodate more of the world’s largest containerships at one time, and to improve the efficiency of the region’s supply chain.”