Voltri Terminal continues its challenge of combining operational efficiency and environmental sustainability. This new project would substitute the old diesel yard cranes with new electric models.
The electrification of the yard has recently reached full power thanks to the expansion of the electrical cabins and the first installations of 6-kilovolt APS plugs, which will be used to power the 21 new cranes.
Made by ZPMC, the electric cranes will arrive in September 2018 and, after three months of commissioning, will be fully operational by January 2019.
The electric cranes work like a wire-controlled car. The electric current and the connection to the terminal’s computer network travel along a cable that winds and unwinds with the movements of the daily operations.
The TOS connection — the terminal’s central computer system — in particular, will eventually give workers another important advancement: remote operation. This allows the crane operators to move the cranes directly from the control center, thus improving working conditions and operational efficiency.
The advantages of these changes are found not only at an operational level, but also regarding environmental sustainability. Substituting diesel with electricity will drastically reduce both noise pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. It will also improve conditions for terminal workers and for the territory surrounding the terminal.