Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Container Cranes for Port Authority as TEU Totals Set to Increase

Houston Keeps Investing in Handling Equipment
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FINLAND – US – Crane and materials handling producer Konecranes reports a further order from the Port of Houston Authority for nine of its Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes. When the order is delivered to the Port Authority’s Bayport Container Terminal in mid-2016 it will bring the number of such Konecranes units operated in Houston to sixty nine. The new cranes are 16-wheel RTGs with a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes and capable of a container stacking height of 1 over 5 with a stacking width of six plus truck lanes wide.

The Port of Houston Authority is the largest container port in the Gulf of Mexico. It is responsible for eight cargo terminals and one cruise terminal along the Houston Ship Channel, and in 2014, its terminals handled more than 37 million tons of cargo. Konecranes delivered its first RTGs to the Port Authority in 2003.

The first phase of the Bayport Terminal opened in January 2007 and the terminal is today said to be the most modern and environmentally sound container terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. At full build-out, this state-of-the-art terminal will have a total of seven container ship berths with the capacity to handle 2.3 million TEUs a year.

The new units will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control system, which prevents container sway and improves container-handling performance. The smarter cabin, LED lights and a laser-based gantry anti-collision system complete the package of included features.