Greencranes to decrease GHG emissions on container terminals


On the 29th and 30th of May 2013 the Intermediate Conference of the European project V GREENCRANES is taking place in Valencia (Spain). During the event  different eco-efficient alternatives were presented to reduce GHG emissions in container terminals and increase energy efficiency. 

Container terminals are among major energy consumers in ports and Luka Koper decided to join the partners of the GREENCRANES project in order to study the alternatives.
The project is co-financed by the European Union through the TEN-T programme. With the guidance of Fundacion Valenciaport the partners are analysing the viability of different technology appliable on container handling equipment that will increase efficiency and decrease emissions. In particular studies are taking place about the viability of substituting the fleet of yard tractors currently running on diesel for new one fuelled by LNG (it is estimated that this alternative would reduce GHG emissions by 16% and 90% in nitrogen oxide compounds), examining the possibility of transforming reach stackers to run on a mix of LNG and diesel (dual-fuel technology), adapting generators which are often overdimensioned, but also introducing flywheel technology etc. GREENGRANES includes several pilot actions to take place in the ports of Valencia (Spain), Koper (Slovenia) and Livorno (Italy) to demonstrate the viability of the various eco-efficient alternatives.

The keynote speech was given by Dr. Helmut Morsi, Deputy Head of Unit, DG MOVE B1 “Trans-european Network” and Head of Sector “Open Method of Coordination: TENtec and Innovation” of the European Commission. During his presentation, he examined the new legislative texts that will provide the legal basis for the TEN-T Programme and highlighted the importance of fostering market-sided innovation and new technologies that will result in the decarbonisation of transport.

Participants of the GREENCRANES project include: the Valenciaport Foundation (coordinator), the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), Noatum, Konecranes Spain, ABB Spain, the Port of Koper in Slovenia and the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (with the Port Authority of Livorno, RINA S.p.A., Global Service S.r.l. and the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory at the Faculty of Sant'Anna involved in the implementation).