Seven of the 15 newly-acquired Kone Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) have already been installed and are functioning, while the rest will be ready by March. This was announced during a press conference on Saturday.
The new RTGs stand over 27 metres high and will be fully operational in March. Malta Freeport Terminals CEO Alex Montebello explained that the new RTGs had several new features such as auto-steering, anti-collision system, among other features. Montebello stated that they are safer to operate, while they are equipped with white noise alarm, which make less noise than the traditional alarms.
Montebello further stated that the investment came at a time when the terminals are operating at elevated capacity in a difficult and highly competitive environment. The Malta Freeport Terminals CEO said that the new investment costs around €31m. It also include the purchase of new yard equipment including 67 new tractors and trailers, which have been ordered over the past 12 months.
Present also for the press conference was Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi who said that the investment was carried out to improve both the Freeport’s performance as well as the air quality and noise level in Birżebbuġia. Mizzi said that the cranes were energy efficient and operate with low emissions. Mizzi was then taken on a tour around the RTGs.