APM Terminals ordered eight Kalmar post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes and two Kalmar barge quay cranes for expansion of its Maasvlakte II terminal in the Port of Rotterdam.
The cranes, ordered from Kalmar parent Cargotec, will be delivered between December 2013 and December 2014.
The Cargotex order is APMT’s second big order in two days for the Maasvlakte II terminal expansion. APM Terminals announced the order of 26 automated rail-mounted gantry cranes and two rail cranes from Austrian manufacturer Kuenz on Monday.
The value of the latest crane order was not disclosed, but it is said to be one of Cargotec's largest port equipment orders in recent years.
Maasvlakte II in the Port of Rotterdam is Europe's largest land reclamation project. It was started in 2008 with the aim to meet the growing demand for space and to maintain Rotterdam's leading role in Europe.
The expansion of the existing port to almost 30,000 acres is expected to double annual capacity to 34 million 20-foot equivalent units by 2033.
Cargotec's Kalmar Monobox-type quay cranes will be operating in the new terminal area, which is currently being built directly on deep water. They are semi-automated with a reach of 25 containers across, capable of handling twin lift as well as tandem lift with Bromma spreaders.
The cranes are equipped with various additional features including second trolley and remote control, which are expected to lead to significant improvements in productivity. The two barge quay cranes will have an outreach of 133 feet.