Tuesday, October 13, 2015

More Container Cranes for French Freight and Logistics Facilities Group

African Terminals Benefit from Cooperation with Finnish Manufacturer
Shipping News Feature
WEST AFRICA – FINLAND – FRANCE – Nothing demonstrates customer satisfaction better than a repeat order, and Finnish manufacturer Konecranes has revealed that the Bolloré Group recently ordered thirteen more Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes for delivery to container terminals operated by Bolloré Africa Logistics in Cotonou, Benin, and Lomé, Togo. Last year the freight handling arm of the French transportation, power and communications group installed eight similar units in its Congo and Cameroon facilities.

Five of the latest machines will be delivered to Cotonou, and eight RTGs will go to Lomé with installation scheduled for the second half of 2016. The hydraulics-free, 16-wheel RTGs have a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes stacking 1-over-5 containers high and 7 plus truck lane wide and Antoine Bosquet, Sales Director, Konecranes, Port Cranes pointed out the overall cooperation between the two groups, saying:

“Our excellent cooperation with Bolloré continues. We have 69 RTGs either delivered or under production, to container terminals operated by Bolloré Group in West Africa, and with this new order the total will reach 82. Bolloré is going from strength to strength in Africa, and Konecranes is proud to be part of it."

The thirteen RTG cranes will be equipped with Konecranes’ smarter cabin offering improved ergonomics, visibility and safety. They will also have advanced Konecranes technology such as Autosteering, which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed, straight driving path, and Variable Speed Engine and Diesel Fuel Saver technology. Taken together, these features help to improve operating safety and increase productivity.

The RTG container positioning systems will be connected to the ports’ Terminal Operating Systems offering correct, real-time container positioning and an accurate inventory. The RTG cranes will also be equipped with TRUCONNECT remote access technology, enabling remote diagnostics for maintenance purposes.