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Hutchison's BEST terminal in Barcelona boosts storage capacity


Hong Kong's Hutchison Port's BEST box terminal in the Port of Barcelona received six new automated stacking cranes (ASC) from Finnish supplier Konecranes in March, with TMEIC drives and controls, increasing its storage capacity from 24 to 27 ASC blocks.
The blocks are currently being assembled and tested and they are expected to be fully operational in June this year. The cranes are electric and move on rails, like most of the terminal's equipment, since Hutchison Ports Group has been committed since the beginning to build an efficient and environmentally sustainable terminal in the Port of Barcelona, reports AJOT.
Hutchison Ports BEST CEO, Guillermo Belcastro, stated: "This investment will result in a significant increase in operational and storage capacity at the terminal and will contribute to our continuous improvement of service levels both in maritime and land operations."
BEST has 1,500m of berth with depth of 16.5m, 11 Super Post-Panamax quay cranes that are able to operate the biggest vessels in the world, 48 ASCs, 2 RMGs for its rail yard and 30 Shuttle Carriers.
Since opening in 2012 BEST has become a flagship for Hutchison Ports, and a port automaton success story.
Hutchison Ports says the facility is the first "semi-automated terminal" developed by the group and has "continued to set new standards for ports in Southern Europe: achieving a ship productivity rate of more than 200 movements per hour and a sustained average performance of more than 40 movements per hour and by crane, one of the highest in the world".

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