Monday, April 23, 2012

Panama Canal Works Produces Freight and Shipping Container Terminal Order

Extra Tonnage Means Modernisation of Handling Equipment
Shipping News Feature

FINLAND - US – With larger vessels scheduled to begin passing through the modernised locks of the Panama Canal by 2014 many of the world’s largest freight and shipping container terminals have been gearing up to accommodate ships with greater draught and beam measurements and with this upscale comes the need for even bigger handling equipment to deal with the throughput of cargo.

With the Statue of Liberty visible in the distance, Global Terminal & Container Services Jersey City terminal is the closest box terminal to the harbour entrance of the Port of New York/New Jersey. In order to serve its customers better, Global is modernizing and replacing equipment, and expanding the berth space at the terminal. It will continue to be the only terminal in the area that can handle the larger container ships that will start coming through the widened canal and to ensure it maintains capacity the company has placed an order for 20 Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) from Helsinki headquartered Konecranes.

With a lifting capacity of 40 tons, the ASC cranes can stack one over five containers high and nine wide. They are equipped with automation controls and Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system. ALC combines advanced sway control and horizontal fine positioning, providing very efficient container handling in the ASC yard, both automatically and remotely. This is especially true in the transfer areas and inside the stack, where placement tolerances are always present.

The lighter structure design of Konecranes ASC’s eliminates trolley and gantry inching, reducing cycle times and energy consumption and the machines will be interfaced with Global’s existing Terminal Operating System. Pete Giugliano, Global’s Vice President of Engineering commented:

“After a detailed evaluation, we believe that Konecranes provides the optimal solution for our project needs. Their technology and customer-focused approach are significant differentiators compared to other companies we evaluated. Several of our team members were involved in the successful deployment of the Konecranes RMG cranes in the Virginia project. We look forward to setting the new standard by taking these ASC’s to the next level of speed and reliability with Konecranes on the team.”

Jussi Suhonen, General Manager, RMG Cranes, Konecranes was clearly pleased with the order placement saying:

“This order further reinforces our strong position in the global container handling business, and continues our success in America. I am very pleased that another American container terminal operator has decided to adopt our automation solution. Automation is an important investment trend in the industry, and interest in our solution is clearly growing.”

Photo: A Konecranes ASC in action.