Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ports Order More Giant Cargo Cranes for Container Terminals

Konecranes to Build their Biggest Ship to Shore Units Yet
Shipping News Feature

FINLAND – US – BRAZIL – Materials handling equipment manufacturer, Konecranes recently announced that it has received an order worth $56 million from the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) for three Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes and four Super Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes, the biggest Konecranes STS cranes ever built. The STS cranes will be shipped to the container port’s Barbours Cut Terminal in late 2014 and supplied during the first quarter of 2015, while the RTG’s will be delivered to Bayport Terminal in spring 2014.

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 handles millions of tonnes of cargo a year. Konecranes delivered its first RTG’s to PHA in 2003 and at present PHA has 49 Konecranes RTG’s in its fleet.

The STS cranes ordered are semi-automated and come with Konecranes AC frequency control system. They include the latest features, such as the Ship Profiling System, the precision controlled Trim/List/Skew system and LED lights for improved eco-efficiency. The cranes can serve ships of Super Post Panamax size. They have a lifting capacity of 66 tonnes, an outreach of 64 metres and have twin lift operation for maximum handling capacity.

Last month, the Finnish company also received a further order from Brazilian shipyard Estaleiro Enseada do Paraguaçu (EEP) for an estimated value between $ 6-8 million. The high-tech portal jib crane is scheduled to be taken into operation in August 2014. The order follows up the Konecranes Goliath gantry crane that the same customer ordered in March 2013 and is reminiscent of the Goliath order Konecranes delivered to the country last year.

With a lifting capacity of 70 tonnes, a lifting height of 55 metres and a reach of 80 metres with high speed movement, the portal jib crane will be an effective partner to the gantry crane, which is meant for heavy duty lifting, in the material flow at the shipyard. Jussi Rautiainen, General Manager, Shipyard Cranes, said:

“Delivery of the Goliath gantry crane ordered previously is going ahead at full speed and the new order will give clear synergies both for our customer and us, e.g. in project management, supply chain and timing. The most valuable aspect will, however, be the operational synergies from the cranes, like the same basic technology easing operator work, common spare parts and service. These all mean increased safety and productivity, which the client will benefit from throughout the life of the cranes.”

Photo: Still from an excellent short video showing the construction process of a Konecranes Goliath giant gantry crane (viewable HERE)