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ASC terminal

Stacking up the space efficiency

Automated stacking cranes enable the highest possible capacity and stacking density. The ASC terminal optimizes throughput and stack footprint. When using Kalmar AutoShuttle™ as a feeder, apron size can also be minimized, making your terminal as space-efficient as possible. For greenfield terminals, the reduction in footprint size can result in significant capital cost savings, in terms of both land acquisition and terminal realization. Alternatively, and for brownfield terminals, the space freed up could be used for an expansion of the stacking area that would enable you to increase operational income.

Increased productivity and safety 

A combination of automated stacking cranes (ASCs) and automated shuttle carriers helps you maintain high waterside productivity while ensuring the highest standards of safety and compliance with maritime transport regulations. As well as minimizing the potential for human error and improving safety, automation helps you avoid unexpected interruptions that impact productivity and profitability.

ASCs are typically used in larger terminals, where throughput and stacking density are important key performance indicators. However, they can also be cost-effective solution in the long term for medium-sized terminals.

Automated truck handling enables processing of street trucks directly at the ASC stack’s interchange area, eliminating the need for intermediary transport on the landside and thereby improving safety and efficiency while further reducing costs.

Kalmar is a pioneer in stacking automation, with a number of industry firsts, including:

  • The first automated stacking cranes, at the European Container Terminals site in the Netherlands

  • The first three-crane stack concept, for HHLAin Hamburg, Germany

  • The first semi-automated shuttle carriers, at London Gateway, UK

  • The first hybrid terminal layout, at TraPac, Los Angeles, USA


Terminal conversion

Although automation is more straightforward at greenfield terminals, it is possible to convert existing – or brownfield – terminals to partial or full automation.

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