Konecranes and Gulftainer Strike Wilmington Deal
Konecranes, a provider of smart port solutions, has announced that it will supply nine all-electric rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG) cranes and three ‘Liftace Reach Stackers’ to the Port of Wilmington, USA.
The order from port operator Gulftainer USA Wilmington LLC, which agreed a 50-year concession to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington in September 2018, is scheduled for delivery between 2019 and 2020.
Wilmington already operates a fleet of Konecranes’ Gottwald mobile harbour cranes, while Gulftainer has established a relationship with the company by operating Konecranes equipment at Port Canaveral, Florida and in the Middle East.
The new, diesel-free RTGs will run exclusively on electric power supplied by a busbar system, and are equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system, eliminating container sway.
Fitted with fire suppression systems, central lubrication and reversing sensors, as well as having a lifting capacity of 45 tons, Konecranes’ Liftace Reach Stackers will also support efficient, eco-friendly operations at the port.
Eric Casey, CEO of Gulftainer USA Wilmington, said: “The delivery of these all-electric RTGs will mark a first for Gulftainer.
“The addition of this advanced cargo handling equipment at the Port of Wilmington underlines our commitment to further strengthen our operations at the terminal and defines the Port’s credentials as the number one gateway for imports of fresh fruit and juice concentrate in North America.
Peter Richards, Gulftainer Group, discusses the operators' Wilmington strategy in a recent Port Technology technical paper
“Gulftainer has had a long partnership with Konecranes and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come.”
Jussi Suhonen, Regional Sales Director for the Americas at Konecranes Port Solutions, added: “This order shows that Konecranes’ offering is strong across every category of container handling equipment. Our success in the Americas continues.”