Spotted: BEST Sets Record with Eight STS Cranes

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The Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) serviced the 14,000 TEU vessel MSC Livorno with eight ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes on October 27, the first time that a container terminal in the Port of Barcelona has operated such a high number of cranes simultaneously on a single vessel.

BEST, operated by Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), said that their average gross crane rate (GCR) is 40 moves per hour, and combined with the total number of available cranes, the terminal has the ability to make 220 crane moves per hour, per vessel.

“BEST is the only terminal in the Mediterranean area that features 11 ship-to-shore gantry cranes able to operate simultaneously on this kind of a next generation container ship,” Guillermo Belcastro, General Manager of BEST, said.

The MSC Livorno has 365 meters in length with a breadth of 51 meters spanning 20 rows of containers. A total of 1,471 containers were loaded and 2,080 were discharged.

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