Kalmar has signed a deal to supply US-based intermodal terminals run by Norfolk Southern with four SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to help boost capacity.
Half of the order will be installed at Landers in Chicago, Illinois and Rossville in Memphis, Tennessee is set to receive the other two RTGs.
The cranes will have a span of approximately 25 metres and will be equipped with Kalmar’s electro-mechanical anti-sway system and a rotating Bromma spreader.
Kalmar has claimed that the SmartPower RTG uses up to 10 litres less fuel per hour when compared to most diesel RTGs on the market due to a smaller engine and its intelligent power management system.
Troy Thompson, vice president of sales at Kalmar Americas, said: “We are very pleased to be able to continue our collaboration with Norfolk Southern and to support them with the optimisation of their intermodal operations.”
Each RTG will feature several Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions with the aim to provide safer, faster and more efficient container handling including the SmartRail automated gantry steering solution.
Additionally, the four cranes will also feature Kalmar’s SmartStack that aims to eliminate the problem of lost containers as well as the Smartmap visualisation tool.
Kalmar, a subsidiary of Cargotec, is set scheduled to deliver the cranes by the fourth quarter of 2019 and the order was booked in Cargotec’s 2018 order intake in the fourth quarter.
The Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the USA’s leading transportation companies with its railway subsidiary operating approximately 19,500 route miles in 23 states and serving every major container port in the eastern US.