GCT in Kuenz Wide-Span Crane Order


GCT Canada has commenced its GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project and has confirmed its order for eight electric, wide-span cranes (WSCs) from leading Austrian crane manufacturer, Kuenz. The 41-tonne lift-capacity WSCs will increase train handling speed at GCT Deltaport.

The WSCs are an integral part of GCT Deltaport's rail redesign that will help increase intermodal yard capacity to 1.9 million TEU, all within its existing footprint.

Kuenz’s remotely-operated WSCs will improve safety of the workforce by buffering containers in a transfer zone adjacent to the working tracks.

The fully-electric cranes will be equipped with power smart lighting controls, energy-efficient, down-directed LED lighting, and will also not emit any CO2, NOx, or particulate matter.

With ABB’s drive controls, the WSC systems aim to complement GCT Canada's existing fleet and streamline equipment maintenance procedures.

Guenter Bischof, Managing Director of Kuenz, said: “GCT places workplace safety as its core value. We are delighted to work with the expansion team to provide an equipment solution with zero emissions enabling the highest productivity for its customers.”

Watch a video interview of Guenter Bischof at TOC Europe 2015

Eric Waltz, President of GCT Canada, said: “Kuenz is a well-respected, global manufacturer of innovative cranes. The WSCs will ensure GCT Deltaport is equipped to provide our customers with the same best-in-class transit and dwell times that they enjoy today — even while they deploy bigger ships with greater volume discharges into the trade.

“Operated by our skilled ILWU workforce, the cranes will be able to operate at wind speeds of 72 kilometres per hour, providing uninterrupted ship-to-rail transfers to the CN and CP network.”

Delivery of fully-fitted and tested assemblies in 2016 will be fully-commissioned in 2017.

PTI previously reported that GCT had commenced reconfiguration of its GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration Project which aims to meet projected rail carrier demand.

Fact File: Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, GCT Global Container Terminals operates four terminals in two principal North American ports. Through GCT USA on the East Coast, the company operates two award-winning facilities: GCT New York on Staten Island, NY and GCT Bayonne in Bayonne, NJ. On the West Coast, GCT Canada operates two gateway terminals: GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport in Vancouver and Delta, BC.

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