APM Terminals has confirmed that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on 1..."> APM Terminals has confirmed that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on 1...">

APM sets Vado Ligure Port Complex open date

APM Terminals has confirmed that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on 12 December this year. The announcement follows the placement of the terminal’s last caisson this week.

Once operational, the Vado Gateway Terminal will be fully integrated with the existing Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal. Vado Ligure will is poised to become the first semi-automated port in Italy with a fully-automated gate and stacking yard. The 700m deep-sea berth at Vado Gateway will be capable of handling the Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) and up to 1.1 mln TEUs per annum. 

A new off-dock rail facility for both port terminals (4 lanes, 450m length) is expected to provide access to central and northern Europe such as Switzerland, Germany and France, as well as regions in Northern Italy, such as Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. According to APM, the facility has the capacity for 14 trains per day.


Over the coming month, the final Ship-to-Shore cranes will be installed, and a range of tests will be carried out. Each of the four cranes is over 90 meters in height and weighs in at around 1,800 tons. They have a horizontal reach of 23 rows of containers, a maximum 65-ton capacity in twin lift configuration and 100 tons ‘under hook’. 

The terminal will operate a highly automated yard using 14 Automatic Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes. The operator will intervene from a remote-control room only when required. Access to the automated forecourt will only be possible for maintenance activities when the cranes are non-operational. Containers arriving at the Vado Gateway will be recorded using dynamic video cameras installed on quay cranes (STS). These will automatically send the information to the terminals operating system.


Last month, APM Terminal Vado Ligure replaced its existing Terminal Operating System (TOS) with Navis 4, to support the Vado Gateway Terminal. The operating system is fully integrated with all the other equipment and enables real-time container tracking. This move also enables integration with the other APM Terminals companies in the world.


Containers will be transported around the terminal using hybrid Straddle Carriers. Operators will receive instructions directly from the TOS. Exchange areas within the terminal are equipped with cameras and sensors which, in the event of non-compliance with safety regulations, will trigger an alarm mechanism and block further operations.

On completion the integrated Vado Ligure Port complex will be accessible via 14 reversible gate lanes. APM is expecting truck-turn-times of around 30 minutes using a truck appointment system which is fully integrated with Terminal Operating System. As trucks arrive at the port, the license plate of the vehicle and the container number will be registered using optical character recognition (OCR). If all previously submitted documentation is complete, the truck will automatically be granted access to operating areas.

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