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Konecranes to deliver first all-electric RTGs to Port of Wilmington

Gulftainer USA Wilmington LLC has ordered a fleet of all-electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, a first for the company, and three reach stackers from Konecranes.

The all-electric, diesel-free RTGs will be powered by a busbar system backed up with battery packs and equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control system and Stack Collision Prevention system.

Eric Casey, CEO of Gulftainer USA Wilmington, said: “The addition of this advanced cargo handling equipment at the Port of Wilmington underlines our commitment to further strengthen our operations at the terminal.

“It defines the port’s credentials as the number one gateway for imports of fresh fruit and juice concentrate in North America.”

The RTGs will be delivered in thye first and fourth quarters of 2020 and have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes and can stack 1-over-5 containers high and seven plus truck lane wide.

The Konecranes Liftace reach stackers will offer a lifting capacity of 45 tonnes, fire suppression systems, central lubrication and reversing sensors and are scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2019.

The Port of Wilmington already operators Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes and Gulftainer also operates Konecranes container handling equipment in Port Canaveral, Florida, and in the Middle East.

Previous experience and satisfaction with Konecranes technology, along with its service strength in the USA, helped influence Gulftainer’s decision to opt for the manufacturer for this order.