Canadian Terminal Project Leads to RTG Investments


Halterm Container Terminal in Halifax, Canada, has bought three Konecranes RTGs as part of an investment program for its container and reefer handling capabilities — a project that will increase its annual yard capacity by 160,000 TEU.

Halterm, the closest North American east coast container terminal to Europe, is situated at the mouth of Halifax harbor and is the only facility in eastern Canada that can handle container vessels of 10,000-plus TEU capacity, with on-dock rail direct to Toronto, Montreal and the US mid-west.

The new Konecranes RTGs will allow Halterm to handle a 40% increase in the flow of container traffic as part of a container yard optimization program.

Scheduled for delivery in 2018, the new Konecranes RTGs will stack one-over-five containers high, and six rows plus truck lane wide.

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The RTGs will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control system, which eliminates container sway for very high handling productivity.

An auto-steering feature will also keep the crane on a straight, pre-programmed drive path.

Ari Nieminen, Cheif Research & Development Engineer, Konecranes, has explained what methods are used to eliminate crane noise in a recent technical paper 'Seen But Not Heard'

Jussi Suhonen, Sales Director Region Americas, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “Halterm Container Terminal has been a good customer for many years, and already operates four Konecranes RTGs and two Konecranes Reach Stackers.

“Konecranes has been servicing the RTGs, upgrading their drives, and adding new features. I’m pleased that this has all been instrumental in Halterm’s growth, and I look forward to continuing our successful relationship.”   

Konecranes’ Executive Vice President, Mika Mahlberg, has told Port Technology that automation will eventually come to every terminal due to its affordability and suppliers’ readiness to develop it:

Read more: Rotterdam Port services provider Kramer Group recently confirmed a substantial 22-lift-truck order with Konecranes

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