Polish port to grow with RTGs

18 January 2010

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DCT Gdansk, the Polish container and ro-ro terminal facility, has increased its handling capabilities with the order of two Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, as it looks to satisfy customer demand.

The 7+1 wide and 1-over-5 high RTGs have a maximum lifting capacity of 40t and are equipped with Kalmar Smartrail, an autosteering and container position verification system. DCT Gdansk has also requested an electrical anti-sway system to enhance performance.

The RTG order is viewed as a major step in the development of DCT Gdansk as a world-class port. The decision by a major shipping line to start operating a service out of the port will see 8,000 TEU vessels calling at DCT Gdansk per week, which will mean it becomes Poland’s largest container terminal.

Boris Wenzel, DCT Gdansk CEO, is confident that by welcoming the first-ever post-Panamax ships to Poland, DCT Gdansk will offer a viable alternative to traditional Northern European hubs and become the preferred gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

“The need to expedite the development of our handling capabilities has increased as more shipping lines are considering calling on DCT Gdansk,” said Wenzel.

“To help us with our plans, we turned to Cargotec not only because they offer market-leading equipment but as they could accommodate a quick delivery time.”

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