Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Maritime Crane Maker Reaches 1000 Units with Port of Savannah Delivery

Celebrations After 21 Year Partnership
Shipping News Feature
US – FINLAND – Port handling equipment builder Konecranes and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) just celebrated the delivery of the 1000th rubber tyred gantry (RTG) crane produced by the Finnish manufacturer. In honour of the occasion, the RTG was specially painted with a ‘stars and stripes’ design, as shown, mirroring the US flag.

The celebration was especially poignant as GPA took delivery of the first Konecranes RTG in 1995 when the machine was a revolutionary design as it was the world’s first container crane without hydraulics. The new crane is a descendant of that first RTG, with many evolutionary improvements. Most importantly it is electrically-driven, producing 95% less diesel emissions. Speaking of the celebration Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said:

“Garden City is the single busiest container terminal in the United States. This star-spangled RTG is an inspiring sight here at the Port of Savannah. We now operate a fleet of 146 Konecranes RTGs and 22 Konecranes ship-to-shore cranes. This fleet is the linchpin of our business, the link between our road and rail connections and the most shipping services calling on any port in the U.S. Southeast.”

As anyone in the industry appreciates, crane building is a very intense part of the industry, with competition from many corners of the world so it was a a very satisfied Tuomas Saastamoinen, Sales and Marketing Director for Konecranes, Port Cranes, who added:

“In 1995 we delivered our very first RTG crane to the Port of Savannah, Garden City Terminal. As we delivered more batches of cranes over the years, I appreciate how the GPA has worked closely with us to constantly improve our crane design. It feels wonderful to have delivered our 1000th RTG to the GPA in 2016, and to be celebrating that event with them. So much growth has occurred for both the GPA and Konecranes since 1995. I’m confident that we’ll keep on growing for many years to come.”