PSA-subsidiary Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals has ordered 18 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Konecranes in addition to a prior order for 18 RTGs and 4 rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes.
The latter set will be delivered by the end of this year, which nine RTGs will be delivered by August 2018 and the final nine units by the end of next year.
The RMGs will be used in BMCT’s railyard, which can handle double-stack container trains up to 1.5 km long.
They will be powered from the terminal’s mains and will not generate any local exhaust emissions according to the Finnish manufacturer.
Captain Suresh Amirapu, CEO of BMCT, said: “These RMG cranes are equipped with a rotating trolley that gives the crane operator an excellent view of the containers, rail wagons and the entire working area.
“They also have double-sided cantilevers that cover two truck lanes on either side of the crane rails,” he added. “These will allow us to flexibly manage the rail operations and speed up the rail container handling.”
The RMG units have a 37.6 m span covering six rail tracks, offering a maximum lifting capacity of 65 tonnes, stacking containers 1-over-3 with a lifting height of 12.5 m.
The RTGs, with a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes, will be used in BMCT’s container yard, where they will stack containers 1-over-5, covering six container rows plus track lane.
The RTG cranes will be equipped with diesel generators powering variable speed engines that can reduce fuel consumption by up to one-third depending upon operating conditions, noted a statement from Konecranes.