The port crane order, for two Panamax ship-to-shore container cranes, was from St.Petersburg-based ZAO First Container Terminal (FCT). Konecranes received a similar order from FCT last year.
FCT has experienced substantial growth in container traffic over the past few years. The new cranes, to be delivered in the summer of 2008, will increase container handling capacity at the terminal by offering efficient loading and unloading of Panamax-sized vessels. The cranes have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes and an outreach of 38 m, and are equipped with Konecranes AC electrical control systems.
The order also includes a two-year maintenance contract for service and technical support, which will be provided by ZAO Konecranes Russia, the leading port service provider in the country.
The second order was from Turkish construction company Gama Endustri Tesisleri Imalat ve Montaj AS, a long-term partner of Konecranes‚ with the end customer being the PNTZ steel mill in Pervorouralsky. This order includes several types of process cranes with related equipment, such as three ladle cranes and four scrap loading cranes.
“Last year was a good year for Konecranes in Russia, with significant orders from FCT, PetroLesPort and Multilink Terminals. This year seems set to become equally successful. Our broad product offering, diverse customers and high-quality service form a strong base for continued growth in the Russian market,” said Fedor Elagin, general director, ZAO Konecranes Russia.