Replacing older equipment, the machines will be used for container handling in the ports of Shuwaikh and Shuaiba and were ordered in two batches earlier this year – 19 in October with the remaining 13 in June. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.
Shuwaikh and Shuaiba ports are managed and operated by KPA, with Shuwaikh located immediately west of Kuwait City and considered to be Kuwait’s most important port. The Port of Shuaiba, the country’s second port, lies on the shore of the Gulf, 45 km southeast of Kuwait City and supports the city’s industries.
The 45 tonne lift capacity reachstackers will be able to stack five containers high and three deep and will be equipped with a cabin that can be elevated in order to view the second train rails. Each cabin will also have a remote camera to improve safety, along with load-sensing hydraulics to provide ‘power-on-demand’ for the required load weight.
They also feature Konecranes’ Eco-Drive system, which calculates the fuel efficiency of each machine, providing an efficient platform to benchmark each unit and operator’s performance.