Monday, June 25, 2012

Container Shipping and Intermodal Rail Freight Orders for Crane Maker

Three Major Coups for Finnish Materials Handling Manufacturer
Shipping News Feature

US – FINLAND – It has been a triumphant month or two for Konecranes the Finnish headquartered manufacturer of materials handling equipment, with orders from container terminals, intermodal rail freight facilities and a major US shipping port reported.

Last month Maher Terminals LLC, which has developed the largest marine container terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, placed an order for six giant straddle carriers for delivery in November 2012. This is Konecranes’ first straddle carrier delivery to Maher, one of the world’s largest container terminal operators being used by multiple shipping lines and customers.

Meanwhile Washington United Terminals (WUT), part of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd., located in the Port of Tacoma, Washington, has opted again for Konecranes heavy-duty lift trucks. The order comprises three Reach Stackers, optimized for handling over the second rail, again to be delivered later this year. WUT ordered their first Reach Stacker from Konecranes in 2011. After testing it and using it extensively, they decided to buy three more units.

The Port of Tacoma is a major centre for container cargo, bulk, breakbulk, automotive and heavy-lift cargo. The port has become one of the largest container ports in North America and one of the top 50 in the world. The Port encompasses about 2,400 acres of land and handles about 1.5 million containers per year and WUT is located on the Blair Waterway which is a valuable gateway for the Asian trade lanes.

Another triumph is the first order for three RTG (rubber tired gantry) cranes from transportation supplier CSX Intermodal Terminals in the US and these will be delivered in June 2013. CSX Corporation is one of the leading transportation suppliers in the US its transportation network covers 23 states. The company’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation services including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers.

The ordered RTG’s will be used for stacking and moving containers from rail to truck and vice versa. The cranes will be equipped with the latest DGPS-assisted technology for container yards. This includes the Autosteering feature, which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed straight driving path, thus improving safety and increasing productivity. The RTG’s will have a lifting capacity of 50 tons and will be able to stack one over three containers high.

Photo: An RTG next to a straddle carrier