Contship Italia Group's LSCT set to commission 23 gantry cranes
La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT), Contship Italia Group’s flagship gateway to Northern and Central Italy, Southern Europe and beyond is the first Italian regional container terminal to deploy supersized gantry cranes to operate both modern and next generation ships.
Two new 23 row gantry cranes arrived on site at the end of March this year for final assembly and commissioning. Final “soft” operating tests on ships took place between July 17th – 18th, thereafter they were moved into their final positioning on the quay. Further tests on 10,000 TEU ships took place between July 20th – 31st.
A customized design of the gantry cranes was realized by the Italian partner OMG-MGM in order to meet the technical specification of the berth at the terminal, with these new cranes weighing in at some 1,300 k/tons (20% less compared to other similar cranes available in the market), they weight only 150 k/tons more than the original cranes deployed. Deployment of 23 row cranes complements LSCT’s existing equipment and for which, within Q4 2015 will result in a total of 11 cranes enabling the simultaneous operation of 2 x 150,000 G.R.T. ULCC ships.