04-2012 - 04-2014
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CONTAINER TERMINAL OF APM TERMINALS
APM Terminals (APMT) is a globally operating terminal organisation that provides the transshipment of approximately 2.5 million containers a year in the Port of Rotterdam alone. For the realisation of a new transshipment location on Maasvlakte 2, APMT has only one ambition. It has to become the most sustainable and the safest container terminal, realised within a limited period of time for a reasonable price. The TigeR consortium (GMB, Dura Vermeer and Imtech) is selected for the construction of the infrastructure, where Dura Vermeer’s experience with Schiphol airport weighs heavily.
The terminal measures 86 hectares and is accessible for the latest generation of 18,000 TEU container ships. The transshipment location provides a deep-sea quay which is 20 metres deep along the entire length of almost 3 kilometres. There are extra large cranes along the quay which are remotely operated. There are also electrically powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles for transporting the containers between the quayside cranes and the storage site. Unmanned automatic stacking cranes ensure the onward transport of the containers.
Building the terminal infrastructure in a construction time of 18 months without losing sight of safety, is the main challenge. For the 86 hectare site this means the completion of two football fields a week. Already in the initial phase a planning challenge arises due to licensing procedures and design problems. To make up for lost time, it was decided to mix the paving on-site instead of in a plant. Furthermore, a choice was made for an integrated approach where disciplines (civil engineering, systems, ICT) merge instead of succeed each other. Construction logistics and sustainability were dealt with smartly. For example, a by-product of a nearby sea barrage is used for the foundation (instead of obtaining building rubble from elsewhere). As the safety standards for working at a terminal under construction are high, we invested in increasing the safety awareness. Instead of reprimanding, we chose to conduct open talks and encourage initiatives.