Northern Container Terminal being developed by GSCC is an ambitious project, in that it aims to capitalize on Jeddah’s unique geographical location and its strong domestic market. With the kind of technology and infrastructure to support its cause GCTN will be able to meet the requirements of its customers for a long time to come.

 
Specifications
  Area   107 Hectares
  Draft   15 meters
  Berths   7 (250 meters each)
  Equipment   11 quay cranes, 35 RTG cranes
  Reach Stackers   5
  Fork Lifts   30
  Electric Forklifts   40
  Ro Ro Trailio   3
  Empty Container Handlers   11
  Terminal Trailers   132
  Terminal Tractors   121
  Mobile Cranes   2
  Ground Slots   19,206 
  Reefer

  2,148 points         

 
Terminal Layout:
 


This new terminal with its forward looking approach to container handling now provides a means for container shipping lines with vessels passing through the Red Sea to capitalize on Jeddah's unique geographical location and its strong domestic market. It is our pleasure to highlight some of the- equipment and features of Phase One of this development which we are sure will be of interest to you.

The three Liebherr cranes delivered are all able to work vessels that have containers stowed twenty wide on deck. These cranes are equipped with Twin-Lift spreaders that enable them to lift 2 x 20' containers at a time. The three Reggiane cranes are able to work vessels with containers stowed 18 wide across the deck.

 

The rail gauge for the quay cranes at the Northern Terminal is 30 meters. This enables the cranes to work at an increased speed as the Tractor/Trailer units are loaded or off-loaded directly under the crane and not in the back reach as has been past practiced in Jeddah.

The close proximity of the Rubber Tyred Gantry container stacks to quay side ensures that the time taken to move containers to or from the stack to quay side is kept to a minimum.

Shift Management and Vessel/Yard Planning offices are situated at the quay side, thus ensuring that any planning changes are dealt with without delay. This also enables vessel and Landside support equipment is of an equally high standard with 15 Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes capable of lifting one container over five, 6 Reach Stackers able to lift containers five high, Empty Container Handlers also able  to stack containers five high. This equipment is served by a fleet of new high performance Terberg Tractors with Buisscar Cornerless Trailers. These trailers eliminate the need for cranes to hold containers up at the quayside while twist locks are either detached or fitted. This has been a major problem encountered in improving productivity at terminals with narrow rail gauges for quay cranes.

In order to improve the handling of Reefer containers, Gulf have installed Reefer Gantry Platforms at the Northern Terminal. These facilitate the connection to power and monitoring of the condition of such units without the need for staff having to work from ladders. It is possible to stack Reefer containers four high at the new Reefer Gantries, there being 432 connection points installed for Phase One of operations. Gulf is using the full Navis Terminal and Planning Software package at the Northern Terminal which interfaces with the Teklogix Radio Data Transmission system enabling us to run a real-time Terminal Operation which provides customers with a very much better service than has been available at Jeddah until now.   

Advantages:

1. Quay side Gantry cranes with an outreach of 20 containers.
2. Cutting edge Information technology.
3. State – of – the – art cranes and infrastructure.
4. Twin – Lift spreaders enabling lifting of 2 * 20’ containers at a time.
5. No deviation of sea – route.
6. Reduced time for the customs brokers through strategic enclosure of Customs & Gulf Liasion offices.


Northern Container Terminal (NCT) with its forward looking approach to container handling now provides a means for container shipping lines with vessels passing through the Red Sea to capitalize on Jeddah's unique geographical location and its strong domestic market. It is our pleasure to highlight some of the- equipment and features of Phase One of this development which we are sure will be of interest to you.
 

 

 
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