THE Georgia Ports Authority and Hutchison Ports have ordered container handling equipment from Konecranes.
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is purchasing 10 rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes for the port of Savannah. This will bring the fleet at the port's Garden City Terminal to 156 Konecranes RTGs.
The order comes as the port of Savannah had a record April in which 356,700 TEU were handled, up 7.1 per cent over April 2017. According to GPA executive director Griff Lynch, in the current fiscal year the port of Savannah is expected to handle a record four million TEU.
The Konecranes RTGs will handle containers in three new container rows that will increase annual capacity at the port by 150,000 TEU. Capable of running on electricity with cable-reel readiness, the cranes will have a lifting capacity of 50 tons and stack one-over-five containers high and six plus one containers wide, leaving one lane alongside the stacks for trucks.
The cranes will be delivered in two batches of five in the first and second quarters of 2019.
For Hutchison Ports BEST container terminal in the Port of Barcelona, Konecranes will deliver six automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes. The delivery, which will be made by container blocks with two cranes per block, is scheduled for the first half of 2019.
BEST container terminal already operates 48 Konecranes ARMGs at the large automated container yard and two RMGs at the rail front.
The cranes currently on order are identical to those already working, stacking FEUs one-over-five high and nine wide.
The arrival of the new cranes will be the final stage of the second phase of the semi-automated terminal's expansion which began in 2014. The expansion has seen the number of automated container storage blocks increase from 24 to 27.
Hutchison Ports BEST CEO Guillermo Belcastro 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.'