Monday, October 15, 2018

European Container Crane Makers Announce Major Box Port Terminal Orders

Rubber Tyred and Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Purchases
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IRELAND – CANADA – FINLAND – UAE – Two major orders for European port crane manufacturers reported as Liebherr Container Cranes in Ireland announces it has secured an order for the supply of 10 electric rubber tyre gantry cranes (ERTGs) to Montreal Gateway Terminal Partnerships (MGTP), meanwhile Finnish rival Konecranes is to supply 54 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes to Abu Dhabi Terminals.

The Liebherr equipment will see half of the order delivered to the Cast Terminal and the balance of five to the Racine Terminal, the order to be completed in 2019. The Irish company, a subsidiary of the Austrian parent group, is following a well-worn path with the first Liebherr crane delivered to the Cast terminal in 1997. Since then MGTP have procured an additional four STS cranes and 8 RTG cranes from Liebherr, further cementing their working relationship.

In 2016, a conductor bar system was installed at the terminal, and associated electrical and mechanical works retrofitted to two of the earlier delivered Liebherr RTGs to allow for full electric operation. It was this experience which has persuaded MGTP that it should proceed with the new order for ten of the electrically operated environmentally friendly machines.

The cranes, which have a safe working load of 40.6 tonnes, can handle six containers plus a truck lane wide whist stacking 1 over 5 high. The cranes feature Liebherr’s purpose built Liduro heavy-duty crane drive system. LED lighting is used throughout which together with other energy saving technology, reduces electricity consumption. Productivity and safety aids including DGPS, automatic gantry steering and anti-collision systems are fitted. Speaking about the order, Liebherr Container Cranes Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr Gerry Bunyan, commented.

“With this purchase, both the Cast and Racine terminals can take advantage of the many environmental benefits that an ERTG can bring whilst continuing to enjoy the exceptional productivity and reliability that have always been an integral part of the Liebherr RTG. The substantial savings which result from running on electricity offer a quick return on investment, whilst the reduced maintenance costs and the high availability and productivity allow MGT to offer a premium service to their customers while benefiting from exceptionally low entire lifetime costs.”

MGTP’s Daniel Boyer, Vice-president of Maintenance and Engineering, said Liebherr Container Cranes was a longstanding partner which had supplied high quality and very reliable container handling machinery for over three decades and looked forward to the extended life, noise reduction, cost savings, environmental benefits and overall efficiency improvements the new equipment would bring when delivered in early 2019. As with so many terminals worldwide the Canadian freight handling operation has those environmental matters at the top of its agenda, as pointed out by MGTP CEO Michael Fratianni, who commented:

“This important investment in energy efficient RTGs will significantly reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions, it is estimated that fuel consumption will drop by as much as 95%. This equipment upgrade programme is the most recent in a series of initiatives intended to improve productivity, boost customer service, and expand capacity in an environmentally responsible fashion.”

The new Konecranes order follows on from the successful delivery of 52 ARMG cranes, on time and on budget for the first phase of KPCT container terminal, which went live on 12/12/12. The second phase involves a large expansion of the terminal area, infrastructure, container handling capacity, and the delivery of the new 54 Konecranes ARMGs. The fact that the crane manufacturer had previously stayed on target for both cost and delivery dates were a major influence on customer Abu Dhabi Terminals decision. Abdullah Al Hameli, the company’s A/CEO said:

“Konecranes performed very well throughout the first phase of the construction of our container terminal. In a critical infrastructure project of this kind, which is so important for the future of KPCT, we selected Konecranes because we know and trust their technology, delivery expertise and service support.”

The 54 ARMG cranes of this order will be similar to those delivered in the first phase. They will have a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes, stacking 1-over-6 containers high. Thirty of the cranes will be nine-wide, and twenty-four will be eleven-wide. They will be equipped with automation controls and Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system. ALC combines advanced sway control and horizontal fine positioning, providing very efficient container handling in the ARMG yard during both automated and remote operation.

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) is the management company and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. KPCT is the region’s first semi-automated port and one of the most technologically advanced and has consistently been one of the fastest growing container terminals in the world with now over 30 weekly container line services directly calling at in excess of 100 global destinations. On reporting the order Mika Mahlberg, EVP, Konecranes Port Solutions, commented:

"I thank Abu Dhabi Terminals for their continuing trust in Konecranes. This trust is well-placed. We will deliver on our commitment with excellent automated crane technology and service, on time and on budget.”

Photo: Existing Liebherr and Konecranes equipment on their respective customer sites.