As the container transportation industry continues to evolve, the need for innovative equipment, technology and practice in terminal operations has become an increasingly important challenge to the port and terminal operating industry. APM Terminals remains at the forefront in innovative research, design and operations to provide the most efficient, cost-effective service to our customers throughout the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and around the world.

In June, APM Terminals Rotterdam Maasvlakte II was named the winner of the  “Innovation of the Year” award at the 4th Annual Containerisation International Awards ceremony in London, in recognition of the industry-changing technological advances represented by the world’s first fully-automated and emissions-free, sustainably-powered container terminal.  The advanced terminal design and operating concept incorporated landside operations as an integral component with seaside operations, providing for efficient, seamless movement across all modalities to improve efficiency, maximize productivity, enhance safety and reduce CO2 and other harmful emissions.

Officially opened in April with an initial annual capacity of 1.3 million TEUs, APM Terminals Rotterdam Maasvlakte II, was specifically designed to accommodate vessels of over 18,000 TEU capacity, employing a computerized terminal operating system integrated with Equipment Control System for automated vehicles and cranes. Global container throughput, 699 million TEUs worldwide in 2016, is projected to surpass 850 million TEUs within four years, increasingly relying upon the newest generation of Ultra-Large Container Ships of 20,000 TEU capacity and above.

The container terminal is the world’s first designed to use remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore gantry cranes, with the first four of a planned eight high-speed super post-Panamax cranes now transferring containers onto and off of a fleet of battery–powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles, which in turn transport containers to and from storage racks served by Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes. The advanced automation and operations increase productivity and safety, while the container handling equipment is sustainably powered by wind-generated electricity, eliminating the noise and harmful emissions associated with conventional diesel engine-powered operations. 
Recent innovation initiatives undertaken by APM Terminals currently in use or in advanced stages of development include:

Battery Lift AGVs
Hybrid Yard Trucks
APM Terminals Rotterdam Wind Power

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