The Turkish Container Terminal, operated by Grup Marítim TCB, near Izmir, Turkey, has purchased an empty container handler to increase the speed, safety and sustainability as compared with the reach stackers used until now.
Furthermore, the company has begun to extend part of the terminal close to the dock to improve the efficiency of the ships’ loading and unloading operations. When the construction is finished at the end of June, the area will be 21,000 square meters (about 226,042 square feet) larger than it is now, reaching 391,376 square feet in size.
The Terex ECH purchased by TCEEGE is designed to lift a total of nine metric tons and stack empty containers up to seven stories high.
“Up until now, we have been using reach stackers to handle empty containers, but since they are machines for full containers, they were too slow and bulky,” said Mehmet Bosna, general manager of TCEEGE, in a written statement. “On the other hand, the ECH was specifically designed to improve the efficiency of the transport management of empty containers in the terminal in a further step towards the operational excellence being pursued by Grup TCB.”