Thursday, July 22, 2010

Indonesian Container Terminal Orders New Cranes

Konecranes Snap Up Belawan Contract
Shipping News Feature

INDONESIA- Konecranes have received an order for five RTG (rubber tyred gantry) cranes from the Indonesian state-owned terminal operator PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia I.The cranes will be delivered to Belawan International Container Terminal (BICT), which is owned by Pelindo 1. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2011. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.

BICT is located in the city of Medan on the west end of the Malacca strait, an excellent location considering the world cargo main shipping routes passing by as well as the huge port of Singapore being on the same strait. BICT is presently increasing capacity in their terminal and thus investing in new equipment.

“We are proud to deliver these new eco-efficient RTG cranes to BICT,” says Thomas Gylling, who is responsible for container handling port crane sales in Southeast Asia. “The cranes will be a performance boosting addition to BICT’s existing yard crane fleet and will increase container handling capacity in the terminal. This order is increasing the Konecranes RTG population in Indonesia to more than 20 RTGs delivered, and is at the same time our first RTG delivery to Sumatra.”

The five 8-wheel RTGs can stack six plus one containers high and six containers wide plus truck lane. The cranes have a lifting capacity of 40 tons. A very significant feature of Konecranes RTG cranes is that they have not had any hydraulic systems since 1995. This is a big advantage, especially in harsh marine conditions, because it offers higher reliability as well as lower maintenance and spare parts costs.

The rubber tyre wheel turning with the crane travel machinery eliminates the separate maintenance intensive hydraulic mechanisms. When changing stack, the crane wheels are rotating while they are turning. This causes less wear to the rubber tyres as well as to the container yard compared with traditional solutions. As a result this will ensure a longer lifetime for the rubber tyres as well as the yard surface.