Siemens Portugal's competence center, which develops cargo handling solutions for port terminals and industrial complexes, called Cranes Engineering Hub, has surpassed the mark of more than 100 interventions in gantry cranes and cranes in 13 countries. Its most recent international projects are in the ports of Taranto, Italy; Bahrain and Salalah, in Oman. In our country, interventions are underway at the Leixões Container Terminal and the Sado Maritime Terminal, in Setúbal, by Yilport.

Cranes Engineering Hub has already participated in projects in 13 countries (Portugal, Great Britain, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Mozambique, Romania, France, Italy, Turkey, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt and Aruba). Its interventions include machine simulation, the design and development of new gantries, as well as the modernization of existing machines.

This Siemens Portugal competence center develops and supplies solutions for quay gantries and park cranes in port terminals and industrial complexes. It also provides a wide variety of services, such as engineering, hardware and software supply and commissioning.

In modernization projects, these interventions make it possible to increase the life cycle of the electrical and automation components of cranes and gantries by around 20 years. Furthermore, they increase the efficiency and safety of infrastructures, reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

The Cranes Engineering Hub has contributed to the modernization of most national ports, such as Sines, Setúbal, Lisbon, Leixões, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz and Viana do Castelo.

It is currently participating in the modernization project of Yilport's Leixões Container Terminal, which includes five cranes: three Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) and two Ship-to-Shore (STS). At the end of the intervention, these cranes will be equipped with automation and supervision systems that improve the safety and performance of the machines, as well as the latest drive, automation and supervision systems from Siemens. At the Sado Maritime Terminal, also for Yilport, the Cranes Engineering Hub will modernize an STS type crane.

The Cranes Engineering Hub team also has skills in automating some of the activities associated with the operation of these machines. An example is the remote or semi-autonomous driving of gantries, from a control room, which makes maneuvers safer and more efficient.

Source: Siemens Portugal / AIP