Friday, July 8, 2011

Ocean Freight Container Terminal Just Keeps Expanding

Cleaner Technology and Greater Cargo Capacity in Hong Kong
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CHINA – Facilities available at the HPH Trust Hong Kong International ocean freight container terminal are continuing to expand with the news this week that the company has taken delivery of 10 new hybrid Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGC’s). The new machines, delivered on Wednesday, bring the total number of RTGC’s at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT).

Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) is the largest container terminal in Hong Kong and an HPH (Hutchison Port Holdings) Trust member, the world’s first container port business trust listed in Singapore and a subsidiary of multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited. The new hybrid units are fitted with a battery, meaning the cranes recycle power by storing energy that is generated when lowering containers and using that power to hoist containers.

Hybrid cranes consume less fuel, reducing carbon emissions by 50 per cent, and emit no black smoke. These machines also use a smaller engine than diesel-driven RTGC’s, and as a result, the need for maintenance of the engine and electrical drive components is reduced. The recently arrived one-over-six model RTGC’s have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes and are expected to be deployed operationally later this month. The new machines increase the number of hybrid cranes at the terminal to 49, alongside 53 electric cranes and 34 diesel-driven units. Ivor Chow, Managing Director of HIT commented:

“The arrival of the cranes is part of our ongoing effort to strengthen yard operations and enhance overall operational efficiency. They will fit nicely into the newly converted yard area that was renovated to accommodate hybrid and electric RTGC’s. The new hybrid cranes underline our commitment to carrying out operations in an environmentally-friendly way. We expect to complete the conversion of our remaining diesel-driven cranes into either electric or hybrid models next year.”

Photo:- The new arrivals make an impressive sight arrayed on the quayside.