Konecranes RMG-Australia-Rail Venture


Four new Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes are being delivered by Konecranes to Australia’s largest private rail freight operator, Pacific National.

These cranes aim to provide container handling productivity and reliability, enabling Pacific National to serve its customers better at its expanded intermodal terminals in Sydney and Melbourne.

The RMGs will go into operation as part of expansion and modernisation projects at Pacific National’s Sydney and Melbourne intermodal terminals.

The all-electric, hydraulics-free Konecranes RMGs will be used to load and unload containers to and from trains and road trucks, the essential part of intermodal terminal operations. Pacific National customers at these terminals include companies from the mining, manufacturing, grain, construction, metal and retail sectors.

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The RMGs will be under Konecranes service contract, minimising maintenance costs and downtime. The cranes will also be equipped with Konecranes’ Truconnect remote monitoring, enabling remote diagnostics for maintenance purposes.

Rodney Burfoot, Pacific National’s Crane Project Manager, said: “With the new RMG cranes and other upgrades in systems and infrastructure, we will significantly improve the capacity and productivity of our largest intermodal terminals. These cranes will be a big part of the future success of our company.”

Antti Rajamäki, Project Manager of Konecranes Port Cranes said “this partnership – as well as the innovative technology built into the RMG crane designs – will help to power Pacific National’s intermodal operations now and into the future.”

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