ICTSI’s PNG terminal acquires 2 RTGs

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ICTSI’s PNG terminal acquires 2 RTGs
The hybrids, powered by a combination of a smaller diesel engine and a lithium-ion battery, will enhance landside operations at South Pacific International Container Terminal n the Port of Lae. Photo from SPICT mother company International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
  • International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s Papua New Guinea terminal has acquired two brand-new Mitsui hybrid rubber-tired gantries
  • The gantries will contribute to more efficient landside operation at the South Pacific International Container Terminal in the Port of Lae, resulting in faster turnaround time for outside trucks
  • The hybrids are powered by a combination of a smaller diesel engine and lithium-ion battery, which helps reduce the terminal’s greenhouse gas emission
  • Two post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes were also acquired, the first of their kind in Papua New Guinea

International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) Papua New Guinea terminal has acquired two brand-new Mitsui hybrid rubber-tired gantries (RTG).

The hybrids, powered by a combination of a smaller diesel engine and a lithium-ion battery, will enhance landside operations at South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT) in the Port of Lae. This will result in quicker truck turnaround times and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, ICTSI said in a statement.

In addition to the hybrid RTGs, SPICT received two post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in late 2022. The STS cranes are the first of their kind and currently the largest port equipment in Papua New Guinea.

“The receipt of two electric STS cranes for the berth was the first big step of our terminal decarbonization journey, and we are very excited to receive these hybrid RTG cranes, which show SPICT’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint from yard operations,” SPICT CEO Robert Maxwell said.

In September 2017, ICTSI, through its South Pacific division, signed a 25-year terminal operations agreement with state-owned PNG Ports Corp Limited for the Port of Lae. SPICT’s contract specifically covers port operations and facilities at the terminal.