Further ASC order from new Abu Dhabi port

5 December 2012

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12 automated stacking cranes (ASCs) are to be delivered to the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, which started commercial operations on 1 September 2012, it was announced yesterday. This follows a delivery of a complete automated container yard system including 30 ASCs, also from Konecranes, the company stated.

Deliveries will take place in Q4 2013 and Q1 2014. The 12 ASCs in the extension order are identical to the 30 ASCs delivered in the first phase. The cranes have a lifting capacity of 40 tons, stacking one-over-five containers high and nine wide.

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) are pleased with the progress of the new port. Martijn Van de Linde, CEO of ADT, said: "ADT is pleased to announce that we are two months ahead of schedule for completing the transitioning of all container traffic from Mina Zayed to the Khalifa Port Container Terminal. We had initially anticipated completion of the process by the end of Q1 2013, but now we are projecting completion in January 2013."

"I am proud of our ability to consistently deliver automated container handling systems on time, with high quality," said Jussi Suhonen, general manager, RMG Cranes, Konecranes. "Our growing list of automation references speaks for itself. With each delivery, we gain strength and expertise. This extension order granted to us by ADPC is proof of their confidence in us."