Finnish equipment manufacturer Konecranes has announced that it will deliver 13 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to the container terminals operated by the logistics company Bolloré Africa Logistics in Cotonou, Benin, and Lomé, Togo.
The order for the RTG units, which is the second one received by the manufacturer from the two West Africa’s terminals, is expected to be completed in the second half of next year.
The cranes, of which five will be delivered to Cotonou and eight to Lomé, will have a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes stacking one-over-five containers high and seven plus truck lane wide.
The hydraulics-free, 16-wheel RTGs will be equipped with the manufacturer’s smarter cabin for improved ergonomics and visibility, autosteering technology to keep the crane on a pre-programmed, straight driving path, as well as variable speed engine and diesel fuel saver technologies.
The RTG container positioning systems will be connected to the ports’ terminal operating systems to give correct, real-time container positioning and an accurate inventory, while the cranes’ Truconnect remote access technology will enable remote diagnostics for maintenance purposes.
Antoine Bosquet, sales director of Port Cranes at the Finnish company, said: “We have 69 RTGs either delivered or under production, to container terminals operated by Bolloré Group in West Africa, and with this new order the total will reach 82.”
In January 2015, Konecranes announced that it had received an order for 15 RTG cranes from the French logistics and transport company Bolloré Group, parent company of Bolloré Africa Logistics, for its container terminals in Lomé and Cotonou, as well as Pointe Noire in Congo.