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Port of Montreal receives two new post-Panamax electric gantry cranes

Port of Montreal receives two new post-Panamax electric gantry cranes
The cranes can handle vessels 20 boxes wide

The Port of Montreal’s Cast Terminal has received the first two of four post-Panamax electric gantry cranes, with the remaining two due for delivering in the first quarter of next year.

Built in Ireland by Liebherr Container Cranes, it is hoped that the machines will enable terminal operator Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGTP) to benefit from the latest and most efficient technology.

Able to handle post-Panamax vessels up to 20 containers wide, the new ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes boast a safe working load (SWL) of 65 tonnes under twin lift spreader, 88 SWL under the crane hook, an outreach of 55.38 m, a span of 15.24 m and a backreach of 18.29 m.

To reduce the visual impact and foster harmonious cohabitation with neighbouring communities, the new gantry cranes have been painted grey, while they deliver advantages in terms of energy consumption by using electricity.

In related news, ten other electric rubber-tired gantry (E-RTG) cranes on site since December 2019 have so far cut GHG emissions related to this type of equipment by 90%.

Michael Fratianni, president and CEO of MGTP, said: “MGTP is proud to be able to offer its customers a highly-efficient, leading-edge set of equipment to better serve them.

“In time, MGTP’s two container terminals will be equipped with 12 high-performance cranes, which is the largest fleet of electric rubber-tired gantry cranes in Canada.”