PORT OF BARCELONA: May 2019. The Hutchison Ports BEST container terminal is introducing six automated cranes (ASC) from the Finnish supplier Konecranes to increase its storage capacity from 24 to 27 automated blocks. Currently, these blocks are being assembled and tested and they are expected to be fully operational in June this year.
The electric cranes move on rails, like most of the terminal ́s equipment, since Hutchison Ports Group has been committed since the beginning to build an efficient and environmentally sustainable terminal in the Port of Barcelona.
Guillermo Belcastro, Hutchison Ports BEST CEO said: “This investment will result in a significant increase in operational and storage capacity at the terminal and will contribute to our continuous improvement of service levels both in maritime and land operations.”
Currently, BEST has 11 Super Post-Panamax quay cranes that are able to operate the biggest vessels in the world, 48 ASCs, 2 rail terminal cranes (RMGs) and 30 Shuttle Carriers to operate the terminal which occupies 80 Ha and has a 1,500-metre berth with a depth of 16.5 metre.
Since its official inauguration in September 2012, the terminal has achieved a ship productivity rate of more than 200 movements per hour and a sustained average performance of more than 40 movements per hour and by crane, one of the highest in the world.
Hutchison Ports BEST is the first semi-automated terminal developed by Hutchison Ports Group. In addition to being the most technologically advanced project in Spain, the facilities have one of the most modern gate systems in Europe and one of the largest railway terminals within a container terminal in the Mediterranean, with eight mixed gauge tracks (Iberian and UIC), connecting BEST daily with different points of Spain and the South of France.