Konecranes and the Virginia Port Authority in the US have signed a contract for the delivery of four Cantilever Rail Mounted Gantry (CRMG) cranes as part of as part of its intermodal yard expansion.
The four CRMG cranes, included in a contract made in November 2016 for 86 Automated Stacking Cranes, will be delivered to the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal.
The first two CRMGs will arrive in the spring of 2018 and last two in early 2019 to ensure the Port of Virginia can conmtinue handling increasing business after it reported the second busiest month in history in November 2016 after handling 236,155 TEUs, an increase of 16% when compared to last year.
It is also aiming to improve trade through an expansion of Virginia’s Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ 20) into North Carolina.
The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the value of the contract.
The new CRMGs will load and unload trains and terminal trucks with containers in the VIG’s intermodal yard covering four rail lines. The truck slots will be set up perpendicular to the rail lines.
The US is a strategically important country for Konecranes across many industries, including container handling, with its Americas headquarters in Springfield, Ohio. Konecranes has over 2,100 employees in the US and branch offices in 44 states that carry out sales and service activities.
Jussi Sarpio, GM of RMG and ARMG Cranes at Konecranes, said: “I am very happy that the Virginia Port Authority’s confidence in our container handling technology also extends to cover their intermodal operations.”