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Cosco Piraeus orders 15 Kalmar RTGs
Kalmar E-One2 RTGs are emission-free

Cosco Piraeus orders 15 Kalmar RTGs

Kalmar has received a €20m (US$21m) order for 15 additional all-electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Cosco’s Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) in Greece.

The terminal, which received 12 Kalmar’s RTGs in 2013 and nine in 2015, will take delivery of the new cranes between 2016 and 2017.

The new units, which are part of the manufacturer’s E-One2 RTG series, are zero-emission cranes with a 41-ton SWL capacity, a 9+1 width and 1-over-6 height.

In a statement, Kalmar said that the cranes’ electric power system, which eliminates all emissions, engine noise and the need for hydraulic oils will help the model achieve a maintenance interval of 1,000 hours.

The new units are equipped with Kalmar’s SmartRail automatic gantry steering system, which also features in the terminal’s existing RTG cranes made by the manufacturer.

Like the previous units delivered by Kalmar, the new cranes will be manufactured in China at Rainbow-Cargotec Industries.

Li Jianchun, deputy general manager of PCT, said: “These latest Kalmar E-One2 Zero Emission RTGs will be working in the Pier III expansion area, helping us to enhance capacity in the yard. The RTGs apply new technologies that enhance productivity, reliability and flexibility, which we consider to be tremendous achievements.”

In addition to the RTGs, PCT operates Kalmar’s straddle carriers, reachstackers, forklift trucks, empty container handlers and terminal tractors.

The Port of Piraeus ranked 38th in the 2015 issue of CM’s World Top Container Ports, having handled 3.6m teu in 2014, a 13% increase from the previous year.

Piraeus Port Authority, which operates the other container terminal at the port, is currently facing a slow privatisation process, with Cosco, Maersk’s APM Terminals and Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) among the port operators expected to submit their binding bids next week.