BEST acquires new port equipment
With the addition of two new gantry cranes and two shuttle carriers, Hutchison Port BEST now has a total of 13 quay cranes capable of operating the world’s largest container ships.
The cranes are currently being commissioned and should be operational in the coming weeks.
The President of the Port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa, said: “Nine years ago, Hutchison Ports BEST received its first cranes in Barcelona to start operating in this terminal.
“Today, BEST has become one of the most successful semi-automated terminals for the loading and unloading of containers not only in Europe, but worldwide. “
Since its inauguration in 2021, BEST has increased its quality standards, achieving vessel productivity of over 200 movements per hour and average crane productivity of over 40 movements per hour on a sustained basis.
The terminal is capable of operating up to three 23,000 TEU vessels simultaneously.
Conesa added; “These new cranes, capable of operating with the largest container ships on the market, will allow the Port of Barcelona to remain at the forefront of the international port sector.
“The new machines also represent a big step forward in environmental sustainability, one of our strategic axes, because the cranes have an innovative system that allows the energy generated during operation to be reused. “
Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of BEST, highlighted the value that BEST has generated for the supply chain, including efficiency at the dock, reduction of waiting times for trucks, extension of the area of influence, increasing the rail quota and reducing environmental impact.
Clemence Cheng of Hutchison Port said: “After many years of operating our facility here in Barcelona, we are proud to say that the vision we had many years ago to build one of the world’s most successful container terminals. Europe’s most advanced was not only achieved, but exceeded all of our expectations.