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New Automated Stacking Cranes drive DP World Antwerp Gateway’s capacity to new heights.

18 November 2016

On November 18th, 3 brand new modules of 6 Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) have been added to DP World Antwerp Gateway. The strong growth of the past 4 years has led the terminal operator at the Deurganckdock to invest in this capacity extension.  DP World Antwerp Gateway is driving its productivity to new heights.

State of the art ASCs

ASCs are unmanned cranes on rails that stack or takeout containers in the stack yards. They replace the classic, manually operated straddle carriers. In 2005 DP World pioneered the use of these cranes in the port of Antwerp, which at that time was the most advanced technology in the world.

10 years later, DP World Antwerp Gateway is expanding its crane fleet of 14 ASC’s with 6 more ASC’s which operate in 3 modules – 2 cranes per module.  These third generation Terex machines have significant improvements when it comes to safety, reparation sensitivity and maintenance.  A big advantage is that they can stow up to 5 reefer containers instead of the classic 4.  Moreover, the module comprises reefer tunnels, in which reefers can be stacked onto the walking areas in between the stacks, leading to extra storage capacity. The new ASC’s are able to load trucks faster. Furthermore, they are more tolerant concerning the positioning of containers put on the forequay by straddle carriers, leading to higher productivity. Finally, they all have energy efficient LED-lighting installed.

More capacity on the same space

The DP World Antwerp Gateway growth figures are looking promising.  An obstacle for future growth is space. Rob Harrison, CEO of DP World Antwerp, explains: “The space for DP World Antwerp Gateway at the Deurganck dock is limited and so this modern technology allows us to handle more containers within the same area.” The installation of the new ASC’s will increase DP World Antwerp’s capacity by 350.000 TEU, without extra land being needed. This fits into the strategy of DP World Antwerp Gateway to increase its capacity up to 2.8 million TEU. “With these investments we continue to pioneer and add value to the Port of Antwerp,” Harrison concludes.


On November 18th the new cranes were inaugurated. The ceremony was attended by a number of clients and a significant press delegation. Rob Harrison, CEO, cut the ribbon together with Jef Lambregts, CTO of DP World Antwerp Gateway.

About DP World Antwerp

DP World is one of the largest container terminal operators in the world and boasts a portfolio of 77 terminals in 6 continents. In Antwerp, DP World Antwerp Gateway operates container terminal at the Deurganckdock. Antwerp Gateway has 9 (soon 11) gantry cranes, 20 Automated Stacking Cranes and 57 (soon 65) Straddle Carriers.