Monday, January 13, 2014

New Crane Order Will Double Container Terminal Shipping Throughput

Finnish Group Undertakes First Colombian RTG Delivery
Shipping News Feature

FINLAND – COLOMBIA – Konecranes plc, based in Hyvinkää, Finland, received an order last month to provide six Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to Sociedad Portuaria Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura, S.A. (TCBUEN) in Colombia. This will be Konecranes’ first delivery of container handling cranes to Colombia and clearly pleased Kim Salvén, Sales Director, Europe, who said:

“We are very enthusiastic about this first order to TCBUEN and Colombia. TCBUEN is part of Grup Marítim TCB S.L. It started operation in Buenaventura in 2010 with seven RTG's and two Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. The six new Konecranes RTGs will almost double TCBUEN’s container yard capacity and significantly boost productivity.”

The 16-wheel RTG's have a lifting capacity of 40 tons and can stack one-over-six containers high, and six plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control technology for premium container handling performance and will be fully electric, powered by a bus-bar system. Network braking will be included, further improving the crane’s eco-efficiency. Network braking takes the energy generated by the crane during braking and feeds it back to the grid, saving energy.

Crane operation will be backed up with full-size diesel generator sets and Konecranes’ Diesel Fuel Saver technology in case of electrical blackouts whilst TRUCONNECT® Remote Diagnostics and Technical Support will also be included in an effort to reduce downtime by ensuring that Konecranes technical expertise is available for problem-solving 24/7.

Photo: Konecranes supplied RTG’s in operation at a terminal in Abidjan.