On November 15, 2016, Konecranes and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) celebrated the 1000th RTG crane manufactured by Konecranes as he Port of Savannah, Georgia, took delivery of it in August 2016 at the Garden City container terminal.
In honour of the occasion, the 1000th Konecranes RTG was specially painted with a “stars and stripes” design, mirroring the U.S. flag.
The Georgia Ports Authority took delivery of the first Konecranes RTG in 1995. That machine was revolutionary for its time. It was the world’s first container crane without hydraulics. It had Konecranes-patented Active Load Control (ALC) system for the world’s highest container handling productivity. It also had eco-efficient AC drives supplied by Konecranes.
The 1000th Konecranes RTG now being celebrated is a descendant of that first RTG, with many evolutionary improvements. Most importantly it is electrically-driven, producing 95% less diesel emissions.
Griff Lynch, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director, said: “Garden City is the single busiest container terminal in the United States. This star-spangled RTG is an inspiring sight here at the Port of Savannah.
“We now operate a fleet of 146 Konecranes RTGs and 22 Konecranes ship-to-shore cranes. This fleet is the linchpin of our business — the link between our road and rail connections and the most shipping services calling on any port in the U.S. Southeast.”
Tuomas Saastamoinen, Sales and Marketing Director, Konecranes, Port Cranes, said: “In 1995 we delivered our very first RTG crane to the Port of Savannah, Garden City Terminal. As we delivered more batches of cranes over the years, I appreciate how the GPA has worked closely with us to constantly improve our crane design.
“It feels wonderful to have delivered our 1000th RTG to the GPA in 2016, and to be celebrating that event with them. So much growth has occurred for both the GPA and Konecranes since 1995. I’m confident that we’ll keep on growing for many years to come.”
This milestone comes right after PTI reported Konecranes had placed its largest ever order from the Virginia Port Authority in the US; the Award covers the provision of 86 Automated Stacking Cranes. Deliveries are scheduled in phases for 2018-2020, the value of the contracts exceeds US$200 million.
See below Juha Pankakowski from Konecranes discuss Big Data at the PTI Terminal Automation and Training Conference 2016: