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APM Terminals will deploy 36 lift automated guided vehicles (Lift AGVs) built by Gottwald Port Technology at its new container terminal Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Gottwald’s Lift AGVs will have a top speed of 22 kph with a maximum payload of 60 tonne and will be used during the first phase of the container terminals construction, which is scheduled to be completed in November 2014.

APM Maasvlakte II design concept is based on using ship-to-shore (STS) cranes that unload containers from the vessel and places them directly onto a fleet of Lift AGVs, which then arranges them into a series of storage racks.

The company said that the equipment order also includes the delivery of a dedicated fleet management system for Lift AGV’s, and the vendor selection of Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes (ARMGs) and ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for Maasvlakte II.

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II managing director Frank Tazelaar said that "managing thousands of containers that are discharged or loaded while a vessel is at the quay is an area we are targeting for higher productivity results for our customers."

"We have designed the terminal to serve the largest containerships in the world with higher productivity and service level consistency day-in, day-out while operating in a safe, environmentally-friendly way," Tazelaar said.

"Our estimates show we can deliver 25-50% productivity improvement results for our customers vs conventional terminal designs."

The Lift AGV which will have a length of 15m, width of 3m and powered by diesel electric motors, will comprise of two lift platforms, which helps load and unload containers independently of each other.

Civil construction of the new terminal is scheduled to start this June with a capacity of 2.8 million teus and the first set of Lift AGVs will be delivered in the first quarter of 2013.

Image: Gottwald’s Lift AGVs will be used for the first phase of APM’s Maasvlakte II terminal, which is slated to open in November 2014. Photo: APM Terminals