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New York calls on Konecranes to handle city’s waste

  • Two RTGs & two RMGs ordered to handle city waste

New York Container Terminal (NYCT) has ordered four container handling cranes from Finish manufacture Konecranes to handle the city’s waste.

The order, received last month, includes two rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and two rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs), which will be used for moving containers of municipal solid waste.

The cranes will be delivered to NYCT’s terminal on Staten Island by the end of 2014. The value of the order is not being disclosed.

The purchase of the cranes is part of New York City’s solid waste management program. Waste from the city will be packed into specially designed containers and transported via barge over the Hudson River to NYCT’s Staten Island terminal. The new RMGs will unload the sealed containers at the terminal, where the RTG cranes will then load them onto trains. The containers will be transported to specific energy-from-waste facilities.

“This is a very exciting contract for us, a breakthrough in fact, and will open up a new business segment for our container handling cranes,” says Jussi Suhonen, Konecranes’ sales director, port cranes in the Americas.

The cranes, which have been specially designed for heavy-duty operation, have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes, and will include advanced features such as Konecranes’ Active Load Control.

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