Rubber tyred gantry ahead of schedule

ICTSI South Pacific has announced that its Lae terminal, the South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT), has taken delivery of three new diesel/electric-powered, electrically driven Rubber-Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes.

The new machines are part of the ICTSI Group’s ongoing effort to strengthen yard operations and enhance overall operational efficiency at PNG’s leading container terminal. This is an investment of over K15.6mil, placing ICT ahead of its 2022 schedule and 50 percent above the initial agreed outlay on operational efficiency improvements.

The RTGs have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes and are expected to be deployed operationally during the month of March.

The 16-wheel cable reel RTGs will stack 1-over-5 containers high and 6 truck lane wide. They include a number of safety and productivity enhancing features such as: Active Load Control, which prevents load sway and provides micro-motions in both trolley and gantry directions; Auto-steering with Container Positioning interfaced to the Terminal Operating System; stack collision prevention; a truck guiding system; and a truck trailer anti-lifting system.

Once the commissioning is complete, these RTGs will be automation ready.

In appreciating the capability of the RTGs in the other ICTSI terminals, ICTSI South Pacific has invested in the three cranes; and sent six Papua New Guinean crane operators (three of whom are female) to Manila, the Philippines, at ICTSI Group Headquarters.

“We are very proud of this order to the South Pacific International Container Terminal in Lae. It is the result of our commitment to innovation and proven performance around the world, and it will further strengthen our presence in Papua New Guinea,” said Anil Singh, CEO of ICTSI South Pacific.

“Technology is a central part of our terminal operations, and investment is being placed in training to grow competency and skills because it is people who drive the technology.”

(Nelly Joseph in the RTG simulator during their training in Manila)

Press release