Camera systems for port cranes

Due to the continuous transshipment that takes place in terminals, port cranes need to work as efficiently and safely as possible. Time pressure leaves no room for error — let alone accidents. Clear vision is essential for maintaining optimal levels of efficiency and safety when work is being carried out. We develop high-quality, professional vision solutions for every situation, with the aim of increasing safety, efficiency and comfort.

Vision is our Mission®

In Orlaco's view, there should always be optimal visibility of and around all ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, straddle carriers, gantry cranes (RTG & RMG), material handlers and lattice harbor cranes. Orlaco works closely with system integrators across the world to integrate camera monitor systems, and also develops and manufactures standard and custom CCTV systems. Our CCTV systems are developed and produced in line with the highest quality standards. They comply with international standards and norms such as Green Award, IATF 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, RRR, RMRS, IEC IECEx and ATEX certification for explosion-proof (Ex) products.

Harbor Crane Specials

For most STS-crane vision solutions, custom work is necessary in order to meet all the requirements. Orlaco custom solutions can help with this. With our expertise in Harbor Crane Specials, we create systems suitable for every application. Our specialists take care of the entire process, from the drawing board to commissioning. We design a fully customized system for you and integrate it into your existing network infrastructure and technology (whether analog, digital or both). When building your system, we will ensure that as many of the components as possible are Orlaco components so that we can guarantee the highest quality and efficiency. Please contact our specialists to discuss custom solutions.

Our vision solutions

Discover our standard professional vision solutions below. For more information about standard and custom vision solutions, contact our specialists.


A zoom camera, directed downward toward the spreader from the trolley, brings the work area into focus. The monitor in the cab ensures that the operator has a perpendicular view at all times while lifting.


When picking up containers, the operator has a very limited view—or no view at all—of the twistlocks. This means that it is difficult and time-consuming to position containers correctly and lock them securely. View-on-Twistlock cameras under the spreader will give you an excellent view of the twistlocks, making the handling of containers quicker and safer.


With the help of a camera directed toward the gangway, the operator of an STS crane will have an easy view of what is happening below the crane. This provides the operator a constant view of an area in which a great number of activities tend to take place, making it easier for the operator to anticipate—and avoid—accidents while moving containers.


When an STS crane is not operational, the boom is lifted up. By installing a camera at the top of the locking point, the operator can check that it is securely locked at any time.

Machine Room View

Get an instant visual of the machine room at the top of an STS crane to monitor machines and winches. This requires robust cameras that deliver continuous, optimal performance at very high temperatures. Orlaco fixed cameras or a Pan and Tilt zoom camera are the solution. The camera images can of course be viewed by the operator, directly or remotely.


A Pan and Tilt zoom camera on the backreach platform of an STS crane provides a very wide field of view, suitable for logistical and operational purposes. The cameras can be viewed remotely via existing networks, ensuring a wide view of the work area. The powerful zoom function provides very detailed images, so that every last detail can be monitored.


Drive in safety with Orlaco's driven-direction-view system. By means of two, three or four cameras on the legs of an STS or gantry crane, you'll always have a clear view of the area around the crane. The monitor in the cab can show, for example, a quad display when the crane is stationary. When moving to the left or to the right, you would see, for instance, a split-screen display of the required camera images. Driven-direction-view helps to avoid collisions.

Rear View

An Orlaco Rear View camera at the back of the underside of an STS crane's cab provides you with a view of the gangway and backreach area of the crane. This is essential for safely moving containers backward. If necessary, the operator will now be able to intervene immediately should an unsafe situation arise. This will make it possible to prevent collisions and other incidents.

Load View

A Load View camera on a specialist harbor crane, directed downward toward the hook/load from the tip of the boom, brings the work area into focus. The monitor in the cab ensures that the operator has a continuous view while lifting, whatever the position of the crane and load. The camera gives the operator a complete overview of the ship and of the dock.

Winch View

A Winch View system on a lattice harbor crane provides optimal vision of the winches and other cables. This is important for monitoring and preventing damage to the lines as they are unrolled and rolled back up. With one touch of the monitor, the operator can easily switch between different camera images of the crane.

Tool View

A Tool View camera offers a better view of your material handler's tool and lets you work far more efficiently. Loading and unloading is also made faster and more effective when using a Tool View camera. What's more, if a video cable can't be installed, a wireless video connection can be used for the system instead.

Side View

Turning or changing direction is a lot easier with an Orlaco side-view camera. The area immediately next to the straddle carrier is easy to see, as is the other transporter approaching the vehicle. With a side-view camera, each maneuver is a lot safer, more efficient and more comfortable, and other vehicles and obstacles are clearly visible. This camera monitor system can be combined with a rear-view camera system to further optimize the view.

Positioning System

Straddle carriers are essential for moving containers for the likes of STS cranes and trucks. Due to time pressure, optimum efficiency and safety are crucial. An Orlaco positioning system allows the straddle carrier operator to optimally position the containers in the gangway beneath the STS crane so that the crane can pick up the containers in a single straight line. Two cameras on the left and right of the straddle carrier allow the operator to see precisely whether the containers are in the right position in the middle of the gangway. Using the positioning line on the monitor and the lines at the base of the STS crane, containers can be positioned highly accurately.

Custom Vision Solutions

In addition to the standard vision solutions described above, Orlaco camera monitor systems can be combined or modified in a variety of ways. For more information about our custom solutions, contact our specialists.