Finnish equipment manufacturer Konecranes has announced that it signed its largest ever deal with the Port of Virginia.
The company will deliver a total of 86 automated stacking cranes (ASCs) to the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) in two contracts for a total of over €200m.
The order includes a first contract for 60 ASCs for the port’s Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and a second one for 26 ASCs for its Virginia International Gateway (VIG).
The units, which are scheduled to be delivered in phases between 2018 and 2020, are part of two wider projects currently ongoing at the two terminals.
The first order is part of a project to redevelop NIT’s container handling operations, while the second falls within the expansion of VIG, where Konecranes-supplied ASC system has been operating for the past ten years.
According to a statement by the manufacturer, Konecranes will supply the ASCs based on automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (ARMGs).
The new ASCs for NIT will stack containers 1-over-5, 9 containers wide, while the 26 units for VIG will stack containers 1-over-5, 8 containers wide.
Virginia’s governor Terry R. McAuliffe said: “Once the construction is done and these cranes are in place and operational, our port will have the capacity to process an additional 1m containers annually, have the channel depth to handle the biggest ships in the Atlantic trade and double-stack rail service offered by Norfolk Southern and CSX to some of the nation’s most important markets.”