GPA orders new crane fleet to accommodate capacity expansion

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The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has placed an order for 7 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 15 Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes (RTG).

The machines were ordered from Konecranes and will be put into operation at the Port of Savannah as it expands its container handling capacity.

The RTGs are supplied with cable reel systems for electric operation and are expected to arrive in Savannah by August 2023. The machines are high performance and have a stacking height of 1-over-6.

The STS cranes are equipped with snag prevention, anti-collision systems, and cameras and will be delivered by mid-2025.

Following completion of the order, the GPA will be operating a total of 225 RTG cranes and 42 STS cranes.

Griff Lynch, Executive Director of the GPA, recently announced his plans to expand the Port of Savannah’s capacity by 60 per cent.

This will take the port’s annual container handling capacity from 6 million TEU to 9.5 million TEU by 2025.

In February, Savannah moved 460,413 TEU, a 17.8 per cent increase year-on-year.

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