A CONTAINER terminal in Indonesia has extended the world’s first commercially operated fleet of Konecranes Automated Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes with nine new ARTGs.

The expansion is seen as an effort to boost safety and efficiency handling.

Terminal Peti Kemas Semarang in Semarang, is the second-largest container terminal in the Pelindo III Group, and about 70% of its container traffic consists of international cargo.

Pelindo III is an Indonesian state-owned enterprise that manages 43 ports throughout seven provinces in Indonesia.

TPKS general manager Recky Julius Uruilal said they were constantly striving to improve their facilities.

“Konecranes is constantly innovating its products to meet container terminal needs, and by choosing them to provide new ARTG cranes, we have taken our operations to the next level of safety and efficiency,” Mr Recky said.

“The new ARTG cranes minimize the risk of workplace accidents, which not only improves our workplace, but gives our customers greater confidence in us.”

A fleet of 20 new ARTG cranes is now operational at TPKS – said to be the first ARTG installation in the world to be operated on such a wide commercial scale.

Konecranes Port Service APAC regional director Jukka Tukia was is delighted to see Pelindo III’s readiness to adopt this technology.

“The latest Konecranes technology installed at Pelindo III provides efficiency improvements in many areas, including operational efficiency, efficiency in utilising manpower, and efficiency in maintenance and support functions through modern tools such as TRUCONNECT® remote monitoring,” he said.