Automated cranes at BEST terminal

New automated cranes for BEST terminal Barcelona

Photo: BEST terminal

BEST container terminal in the Port of Barcelona received 6 new automated cranes (ASC) from the Finnish supplier Konecranes, thereby increasing its storage capacity from 24 to 27 automated blocks. Currently, these blocks are being assembled and tested and they are expected to be fully operational in June this year.

These cranes are electric and move on rails, like most of the terminal ́s equipment, since Hutchison Ports Group is committed to build an efficient and environmentally sustainable terminal in the Port of Barcelona. Guillermo Belcastro, Hutchison Ports BEST CEO stated: “This investment will result in a significant increase in operational and storage capacity at the terminal and will contribute to our continuous improvement of service levels both in maritime and land operations.

Large railway terminal

Currently, BEST has 11 Super Post-Panamax quay cranes that are able to operate the biggest vessels in the world, 48 ASCs, 2 rail terminal cranes (RMGs) and 30 Shuttle Carriers to operate the terminal. Hutchison Ports BEST is the first semi-automated terminal developed by Hutchison Ports Group.

It has one of the largest railway terminals within a container terminal in the Mediterranean, with eight mixed gauge tracks (Iberian and UIC). Hence, it offers daily connections with different points of Spain and the South of France.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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