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Rijeka Gateway - first container terminal on the Adriatic with remote-controlled cranes

Rijeka Gateway in Croatia will be the first terminal in the Adriatic region to be operated with remote-controlled, electric container handling equipment managed from a central control room.

People and equipment safety

Advanced technologies prevent human error, given that the cranes are networked with cameras and laser sensors, which contribute to increasing the safety of people and equipment. Machine operators will control and monitor the equipment from a central room via large screens and instrument panels. In addition to comfort and continuous productivity, this significantly contributes to the protection of the operator's health.

“Rijeka Gateway, a modern, state-of-the-art gateway terminal, will be operated with remote-controlled electrical container handling equipment, in line with APM Terminals’ ambitious decarbonisation roadmap and Terminal of the Future concept,” shared Rijeka Gateway CEO Koen Benders. “In the first phase of development this will include around 4 Ship-to-Shore cranes (STSs), 15 Rubber-Tyred-Gantry cranes (RTGs), 2 Rail-Mounted-Gantry cranes (RMGs) in the rail yard and 30 Terminal Tractors.”

“This is the first step towards automation that will optimize processes and reduce the possibility of errors, which significantly contributes to security at the terminal,” he added.

New opportunities and significantly better working conditions

For all future operators, this represents an opportunity to work in a very responsible but exciting and challenging workplace that provides better working conditions - in the office, without the influence of weather conditions.

This significant step towards complete modernization and digitization opens numerous possibilities.

Rijeka Gateway is the largest private infrastructure project in Croatia over the last decade, and the importance of the project for the whole of Europe was reinforced by a visit to Rijeka Gateway by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at the beginning of March 2023.