Jebel Ali Port to run cranes on electricity
Dubai, September 30, 2013
DP World, a global marine terminal operator, has electrified eight diesel powered Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes at its flagship Jebel Ali Port, in a move to alleviate the environmental impact of its operations.
The switch from fossil fuel to electricity will reduce monthly diesel consumption by 109,000 litres in average, saving on energy costs and reducing emissions by almost 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, based on field trials.
The eight RTGs were fitted with cable reel electrical power supply systems designed and manufactured by the global engineering group Cavotec.
Cavotec handed over the project to DP World recently at a ceremony attended by Mohammed Sharaf, Group chief executive officer, DP World, and Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region.
“Congratulations to DP World, UAE Region on this initiative, which is part of DP World’s global efforts to promote sustainability and care for the environment,” said Sharaf.
“One of our key objectives is to integrate responsible business practices into our daily activities, thus growing our business in a sustainable manner.”
Al Muallem said: “Care for the environment is a cornerstone of our Corporate Responsibility programme focused on the UAE community.
“Electrification of the giant cranes that drive our container handling operations at Jebel Ali is one of the most significant steps we have taken in that direction. Our technical teams will closely monitor the performance of the electrified RTGs over the coming months and measure their impact on the port’s carbon footprint.”
Ottonel Popesco, chief executive officer, Cavotec, said: "This innovative project was made possible by close cooperation between DP World and Cavotec. We look forward to undertaking more such environmentally relevant projects in the future.
“Cavotec offers extensive expertise in the areas of automation and crane technologies that enable ports worldwide to realise improvements in operational and environmental performance that are increasingly demanded by the industry.”
Jebel Ali Container Terminals are equipped with a total of 78 quay cranes to cater to the world’s largest container vessels, 60 electrical Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes and 123 Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes. – TradeArabia News Service