Konecranes straddle carrier business boosted by MSC and Maher Terminals orders


Konecranes’ straddle carrier business has been boosted by recent orders from MSC Home Terminal in Belgium and Maher Terminals LLC in the USA.

The Finnish crane manufacturer received an order for 13 diesel-electric straddle carriers from Maher Terminals and a further five from MSC for its terminal in the Port of Antwerp in late 2013.

Each straddle carrier is equipped with Konecranes electric drives and power train components, and boasts a hoisting capacity of 40 tonnes in single container operation and 50 tonnes in twin-twenty operation, lifting 1-over-2 containers high.

“We appreciate the trust that MSC Home Terminal and Maher have in our diesel-electric straddle carriers,” says Tommi Rautavalta, general manager straddle carriers, Konecranes.

“We want to help our customers reach and exceed their business goals, today and in the future. Our straddle carrier technology is excellent, with unique features such as greaseless suspension.”

“Our brake-by-wire system must also be mentioned, as well as our fully automatic truck-mode steering. This gives a better drive experience, better stability in long container stacks, and reduced tire wear. We are also determined to offer world-class service.”

MSC Home Terminal is a joint venture between the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and PSA Antwerp. MSC Home Terminal is the largest container terminal in the port of Antwerp and the most important European hub for MSC.

Maher Terminals LLC operates the largest container terminals in the ports of New York and New Jersey and a fleet of over 160 straddle carriers. The Konecranes straddle carriers will be delivered to Maher in June 2014.

All parties have agreed not to disclose the value of their respective orders.

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