Klaipeda Container Terminal (KCT), Lithuania, has ordered two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from Konecranes to help cope with an expected traffic increase of 60% by 2021.
Located in the Port of Klaipeda, the only port in Lithuania, KCT is in need of new equipment as it has begun to handle new types of cargo and has expanded its service range since it was established in 1994.
The terminal already operates eight Konecranes ruber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and two Konecranes STS cranes while the new equipment, ordered in July 2019, is expected to be delivered in 2021.
As part of an earlier agreement, the Finnish manufacturer delivered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbour crane (MHC) in June.
Vaidotas Šileika, CEO of KCT, said: “We’ve been using Konecranes STS and RTG cranes for over twenty years. So when we needed new equipment, we were confident in our decision to buy from Konecranes again.
“Also, we are looking ahead towards automation, and these cranes offer us that option when we are ready for it.”
Noise is an important factor for KCT, which is located in the city of Klaipeda, and the cranes on order are capable of fully electric operation with an external power supply thus reducing noise while also aiming to lower emissions.
Roman Ivanov, regional sales manager EMEA, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “The new Konecranes STS cranes will greatly boost KCT’s quayside handling capacity, and the Konecranes Gottwald MHC will give KCT great handling flexibility.”
The MHC is a G HMK 5506 two-rope variant with a lifting capacity of 125 tonnes and will act as a backup for the terminal’s STS cranes for general and project cargo.