Rotterdam opens first phase of major extension project

Last week, the Port of Rotterdam opened the first phase of its Maasvlakte 2 development, on time and under budget. 

The first phase of the Maasvlakte 2 project has seen some 2,000 hectares of land reclamation. The second phase, primarily consisting of two container terminals, one operated by Rotterdam World Gateway and DP World, the other by APM Terminals, is due to come into operation at the end of 2014.

Cavotec motorised cable reels power container handling operations at ports worldwide

Cavotec cable reels power container handling at ports worldwide

We are supplying electrical power and spreader cable reels for 14 ship-to-shore ZPMC container cranes that will be used at the DP Word terminal. The terminal will offer a 1,150-metre deep-sea quay, and annual handling capacity of some 2.35 million TEUs.

According to a statement on RWG’s website, the terminal “will be one of the most modern and environment-friendly transhipment centres in the world.”

RWG is a joint venture between four global container shipping lines – APL, MOL, HMM and CMA-CGM – and DP World, one of the largest container terminal operators in the world.

We are delighted to be involved in this major project, and we look forward to continuing our work on this and other developments such as London Gateway.


Port of Salalah sows seeds of a greener future

To mark the recent Oman Environment Day, our friends at the Port of Salalah transformed fifty oil drums into pots for native trees, a project that shows how ports can do their bit to support sustainability and biodiversity.

According to APM Terminals, the initiative follows a similar project conducted by the port to coincide with last year’s World Earth Day, when employees planted frankincense trees in green spaces near the port.

Port of Salalah sows seeds of a greener future

Cultivating a brighter future. Photo credit: APM Terminals

The initiative highlights the loss of the region’s native frankincense tree that has seen its numbers dramatically reduced in recent years. Many of the saplings have been given to local schools and hospitals.

Port officials have also pledged to recycle vehicle tyres as protective edges around shipping containers.

The port has won several international awards for health and safety, innovation and environmental initiatives.
 Last year for example, it was awarded the Containerisation International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award.

Smarter, cleaner technologies

These projects, and many others like them, demonstrate what can be done in small, but important ways to reduce environmental impact. The Port of Salalah was also an early adopter of our innovative automated mooring technology MoorMaster™.

The system holds ships in place more effectively than conventional mooring lines, and means that vessels are not required to reposition along the quayside, thus reducing emissions. Furthermore, because mooring operations are far quicker, tugs are used less, thus further reducing emissions.

We commend the Port of Salalah on their efforts to improve sustainability. We look forward to working with the port, and our other partners and customers, to reduce environmental impact and drive efficiency at industrial applications all over the world.