The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has ordered four more ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from Konecranes for the Port of Savannah, Georgia. The order was received in December, 2015 and delivery will be in early 2018.
The Konecranes STS cranes have a lifting capacity of more than 59 tonnes, an outreach of 61 metres, and a lifting height of 46 metres above the dock.
Curtis Foltz, Executive Director of GPA, said: “Even before the new cranes arrive, Savannah has more cranes on its nearly two-mile-long dock than any other single terminal in North America.”
In 2015 the Port of Savannah moved a record 3.73 million TEU, an increase of 11.7%, which is 391,356 TEU compared to 2014.
Foltz said: “The expansion was fuelled in part by heightened demand in the US Southeast, Savannah's logistical advantages drawing new customers to Georgia, and cargo diverted from the West Coast.”
The Port of Savannah currently operates 116 Konecranes rubber-tyred gantry cranes with an additional 30 RTGs to be delivered. It also currently operates 22 Konecranes STS cranes with four in the delivery pipeline for 2016, as well as four more in 2018 for a total of 30.
The crane purchases, along with the ongoing Savannah harbour deepening project, are being carried outin line with the completedPanama Canal Expansion.
This will provide an important new route for larger vessels calling on the US East Coast, which will shift from an average current capacity of 4,500 TEU to more than 10,000 TEU.
Tuomas Saastamoinen, Sales and Marketing Director at Konecranes Port Cranes, said: “Our relationship with the GPA goes back to 1990, when we delivered our first STS crane to Savannah.”
Saastamoinen concluded: “With each container crane delivery over the years, we have made improvements, fine-tuning our technology in cooperation with the GPA, to constantly improve efficiency and reliability. The STS cranes on order now are the latest products of this process.”