TIPS Laem Chabang Container Terminal of Thailand Introduces Two Large Gantry Cranes
August 10, 2006
TOKYO - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Akimitsu Ashida) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK; headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Koji Miyahara) today announced that NYK and MOL's affiliate TIPS Co., Ltd. have introduced two new large gantry cranes in the TIPS container terminal at Thailand's Laem Chabang Port. The new equipment started operation on July 30.
With new large new cranes, TIPS can accommodate today's massive 6,000 TEU*1 containerships and offer faster, more efficient loading/discharging of all vessels.
Laem Chabang is the world's top 20th port in terms of container volume, handling about 3.8 million TEU in 2005. The TIPS terminal is playing a key role in the port's success, with volume rising from about 16,000 TEU when it opened in 1992 to 794,000 TEU*2 in 2005.
TIPS focuses its efforts on offering higher-quality services by more efficient operation at Laem Chabang, which has great potential for continued growth.
Profile of TIPS container terminal
|Length of wharf:||300 meters|
|Water depth:||14.0 meters|
|Gantry cranes:||5 (2 twin-lift spreaders with 17 containers in row available*3) new installation
(3 twin-lift spreaders with 13 containers in row available)
|Total yard area:||105,000 m2|
|Storage capacity (single tier basis):||7,250 TEU|
Outline of new gantry cranes
(max. reach distance from wharf to sea side)
(twin spreader with 17 containers in row available)
|Rated load:||50 tons|
|Manufacturer:||Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co., Ltd. (ZPMC)|
*1 TEU: Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit One 20-foot container equals one TEU. TEU figures are used to show the capacity of containers that can be loaded on a containership or trade volume results.
*2 Including outsourced cargo trade
*3 Twin-lift spreader: Equipment that can load two 20-feet containers simultaneously