The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands will receive the first Konecranes Boxhunter RTG delivery to the Caribbean.
Two Konecranes Boxhunter RTGs will arrive in Port of George Town in mid-2018 and will be used for container handling at an inland terminal a few kilometres from the sea port.
The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the value of the deal.
Boxhunters are delivered in regular shipping containers, which was a key consideration in the selection process due to the inland location.
Willem Jacobs, Acting Deputy Port Director of Operations, Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, said: “The Port Authority is excited to commence a long-term relationship with Konecranes as a strategic partner.
“After an extensive evaluation of different container handling equipment, the Boxhunter RTGs were determined to be the ‘best fit’ for the operations of the Port Authority.
“This is the beginning of our multi-year master plan redevelopment, container handling machinery replacement, and reaching our vision to be the elite Port of excellence in the Caribbean, setting the standard of efficiency, safety, and customer-focused operations.
“Full implementation of our master plan will create a Port with a 30-year life expectancy and enable the continued economic development of the Cayman Islands.”
The Boxhunter RTGs on order will stack one-over-six containers high and six containers wide plus truck lane, with a lifting capacity of 40.6t. DGPS Auto-steering, Auto-TOS reporting and Auto-positioning will be included, as well as storm tie-downs.
Alfredo Ramirez, Konecranes Sales Manager, Americas, said: “This deal follows upon our first BOXHUNTER RTG deal in South America. It shows there’s a real need for this kind of innovative container crane in the Americas.”
The Caribbean isn't the only place Konecranes is making its mark as it recently reached a new milestone in Brazil.