Project: Euromax

Location: Holland

Company: ZPMC

Type: End-feed point, reeling

Speed: 270 m/min


Tratos & ZPMC & Euromax Terminal cooperation

Situated at the mouth of Holland’s busiest port, Rotterdam, the Euromax Terminal presents very tough working conditions for crane cables. 

With its depth of 16.65 metres, it can easily accommodate even the largest fully laden container vessels. And should much larger container vessels be taken into commission in the future: the quay walls of the Euromax Terminal, which go 34 metres into the ground and are 1.20 metres wide, have been designed with a further deepening of the port to 19.65 metres in mind.

Working closely with the port authorities, Tratos was able to design a special cable which has been operating continuously without problems since installation.

Euromax Terminal

The Euromax Terminal is situated at the north-westerly corner of the Maasvlakte, just around the corner from the entrance to the Rotterdam port. From the North Sea, container vessels can be moored at the new container terminal in no time at all and shipping traffic is not hampered by any restrictions whatsoever.

Container vessels are handled at the Euromax Terminal using the largest quay cranes in the world. With their semiautomatic operating system, second cat and other innovations, these cranes are truly one of a kind. They were designed to realise a production that is as high as possible (see section “Quay cranes of the future”). Behind the cranes, unmanned Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) move the containers to and from the stack. Here, speed also comes first. In comparison to previous generations, the speed of the new AGVs has doubled: from three metres to six metres per second.

In addition, they are suitable for twin-carrying (two 20-foot boxes at the same time). Because the AGVs at the Euromax Terminal pass behind the crane, the vehicles are always able to take the shortest route to the stack. This constitutes an important improvement over the ECT Delta Terminal. There, the AGVs go underneath the crane, which creates a sort of tunnel effect; only after having passed the last vessel-handling crane can the AGV turn towards the stack. Another improvement at the Euromax is that behind each crane, there are four lanes for AGVs (as opposed to one at the Delta). This prevents unforeseen situations in which a quay crane needs to wait for the next AGV. 

Also of remark is the fully automatic refuelling of AGVs at the Euromax Terminal. The moment the fuel level of an AGV drops below a certain level, the terminal system issues the order to drive to an automated filling station.

Tratos supports sustainable developments of ports and navy infrastructure

Tratos is very pleased to supply its high-quality cables to the ports around the world. In doing so, Tratos supports the global endeavours of port authorities in upgrading and improving their operational capabilities, which contributes to the sustainable development of ports and achieving the 17 UN Global Goals.

With this project Tratos has supported:

#Envision2030 Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

  • By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

#Envision2030 Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
  • Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead

#Envision2030 Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

#Envision2030 Goal 14: Life Below Water


  • By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
  • Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

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