ZAO FCT has seen substantial growth in container traffic in recent years, recording a 35% increase from 2004 to 2005. The new cranes will increase capacity at the terminal by allowing the efficient loading an unloading of Panamax-sized vessels. They have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes and an outreach of 38 m, and are equipped with Konecranes’ AC electrical control system. They also feature a remote diagnostic system, which enables Konecranes to access service data.
The order includes a two-year preventive maintenance contract supplied by ZAO Konecranes, the leading port service provider in Russia. Technical support will be provided via Konecranes’ office in St Petersburg. In recent months the company has also won orders to supply a similar crane to OJSC Petrolesport and a BoxHunter ship-to-shore crane to Multilink Terminals, both ports located in the St Petersburg area. It previously delivered two ship-to-shore cranes to FCT in 2003.
“The predominant reason for winning this repeat order from FCT is the advanced technical features of our ship-to-shore cranes, as well as the global service support system that we offer our customers,” said Konecranes spokesman Mika Mahlberg.