Konecranes has received an order for 26 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) for its Wando Welch Terminal in the Port of Charleston and Inland Port Greer.
Once the 26 new RTGs are operational after deliveries have taken place over 2019 and 2020, the SCPA will operate a fleet of 81 Konecranes RTGs.
SCPA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, South Carolina and inland terminals in Greer and Dillon, South Carolina.
As many as 24 of the new RTGs will be delivered to the Wando Welch Terminal to support operation modernisation plans and increase container yard capacity.
Inland Port Greer will receive two of the new cranes to support its continuing volume growth.
Stevenson E. Kemp Jr., senior director of terminal strategy, facility operations and maintenance, praised the Finnish company’s machines for their “quality construction, operating characteristics and long-term serviceability.”
The RTGs on order have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes while stacking one-over-five containers high and six plus truck lane wide.
They will be equipped with the manufacturer’s active load control, which eliminates container sway to increase container handling performance.
They will also be equipped with the auto-steering and truck lift prevention features, and they will have built-in readiness for special features like stack collision prevention and auto-truck guiding.