Maritime Transport has ordered two Konecranes Noell straddle carriers for container train loading and unloading at Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT) in the UK.
The order for the NSC 644 E units was booked in April and the machines will be delivered in September 2019. The machines will be diesel-electric stacking three-high with single-lift spreaders.
Remote service support for two years, starting from the date of acceptance, is part of the contract, which also includes an option for two more straddle carrier units.
Stuart Wardlaw, fleet director at Maritime Transport, said that the units would “improve service reliability and continue to drive the efficiency of the terminal as Maritime continues its development into rail”.
Two rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes from the Finnish manufacturer have been in operation in Brimingham since 2006.
Straddle carriers are not typically used in intermodal operations but Konecranes noted that its units have the “versatility to be very productive intermodal container handlers”.