Zero-emissions container terminal officially opens

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II is the world’s first fully-automated, zero-emissions container terminal which the company says sets standards for safety, productivity and sustainability
Zero-emissions container terminal officially opens

APM Terminals officially opened Maasvlakte II on Friday 24th April as the world’s first zero-emissions container terminal. 

During a celebration, which was attended by The Netherlands’ Monarch King Willem-Alexander and 500 shipping industry representatives, APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said: "APM Terminals Maasvlakte II is clearly a game-changer port in the shipping industry designed to exceed our customers’ expectations. It is significantly safer for our people and all users of the port. It runs on a zero emissions, sustainable business model using renewable energy, benefitting the people of Rotterdam and Europe. And, equally important, our shipping line customers will experience 40% higher productivity – thanks to automation.”

The terminal is the first to use remotely-controlled STS gantry cranes, which move containers between vessels and the landside fleet of 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles. The Lift-AGVs are also the world’s first series that can actually lift and stack a container. 

Maasvlakte II is powered by wind-generated electricity which allows terminal operations to produce no CO2, emissions or pollutants. 

The facility was constructed on land reclaimed from the North Sea, has been designed as a multi-modal hub to reduce truck traffic in favor of barge and rail connections to inland locations.

Construction originally began in May 2012, with the first commercial vessel call in December 2014. 

“The future of terminal operations is safer, high-volume, high-productivity performance” continued Mr. Fejfer. “We are pleased to welcome that future here today.”


by Laura Stackhouse Editor

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