ESCO operates four ship-to-shore gantry cranes – one post-Panamax, which was purchased in 2006, and three of Panamax capability. The new ZPMC gantry crane is equipped with special twin-lift Bromma spreaders that can lift two 20-foot containers simultaneously and has a reach of 18 rows, meaning that it is more than capable of handling the ‘mega-vessels’ of the future. The increased capabilities of new gantry cranes is also allowing us to move containers faster and with greater efficiently – bringing obvious benefits to our customers through improved productivity and shorter berthing times. The other three units are from IHI and can lift a maximum of 41 tons each.
Rubber Tyred Gantries
Ten rubber tyred gantries manage ESCO’s B3 container yard to maximum efficiency. Two RTGs are Kalmar units that have the ability to stack one over six containers high while eight are from Sumitomo and can stack one over four
The ‘E-One’ Kalmar RTGs are part of our ongoing effort to boost yard productivity and cater to ever-increasing capacity requirements. The two units are the first RTGs at Laem Chabang Port to run entirely on an electric as opposed to a hydraulic system. This allows them to operate more efficiently and economically because without hydraulic components they consume less energy. The RTGs’ ability to stack containers up to one over six high allows ESCO to optimize cargo volumes and utilize yard space more effectively.
Reach stackers from Kalmar powers ESCO’s laden container lifts with capacity for up to 40 tons, five containers high. Environmentally-friendly engines offer low emissions, smoother automatic gear shift and driver controls. The Kalmar reachstackers offer more throughput per hour through increased performance and reliability. Its hefty power train, with the new load sensing variable displacement hydraulic system and an innovative and proven control system, delivers true performance in all operating conditions, whether in the handling of full or empty containers.
Empty Container Handlers
Empty containers have to be moved or stacked quickly and efficiently. They must be stacked high and close together in order to exploit the available land area to the full. Empty containers at ESCO are handled by a Kalmar empty container handler capable of maximum lifting of 10 tons, five containers high. They work in tandem with the trucks and chassis which are specifically designed to allow fast yet safe lifting.
Yard Hustlers and Chassis
ESCO’s fleet of trucks and chassis for container haulage within the premises consists of 25 units of Nissan Diesels with 320 horse power each. With vessels at berth, the fleet engages in a powerful operation of ship-to-yard, yard-to-ship transfers and supports efficient container yard management in line with RTG operations.
Our CFS operations are fleeted with six units of forklifts with different lifting capacities suitable for different weights and sizes. The forklifts consist of one unit with a 2.5-tons lift capacity, four units with 3 tons and one with 4.5 tons. Each forklift is dispatched to stuff and un-stuff containers and delivery trucks at ESCO’s on-terminal CFS facility as well as manage the warehouse area to gain maximum efficiency in cargo picking and retrieval.