SC Ports to enhance fleet with two hybrid Konecranes RTGs

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SC Ports to enhance fleet with two hybrid Konecranes RTGs

South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) has purchased two Konecranes hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) for its Greer inland port in Q4 2023.

The additional RTGs will boost the port’s total capacity and augment the seven Konecranes RTGs that are already in service at the terminal. The new cranes are expected to be delivered and commissioned in Q4 2024.

SC Ports owns and operates Inland Port Greer, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers an express overnight rail shuttle between South Carolina’s Upstate and Charleston.

The Greer container terminal is now reportedly being upgraded to treble its size and increase rail and freight capacity.

Michael Hoffman, SC Ports’ Director of Inland Port Operations, said: “South Carolina Ports is committed to an environmentally sustainable future. These two new hybrid RTGs will increase our cargo capacity and reduce our operational emissions when compared to traditional diesel-powered RTGs.”

READ: SC Ports drives $22 billion economic impact in the Midlands

Alan Garcia, Sales Director, Port Solutions, Konecranes, stated: “Long-time customer SC Ports was one of the first to adopt our hybrid technology, so this new order underlines their continued faith in our equipment and expertise.

“As our hybrid RTGs grow in popularity in North America, it’s clear that these cranes provide the high performance and flexibility required by this demanding market.”

READ: SC Ports accelerates rail capabilities

The order is for two hybrid Konecranes RTGs with a span of six container rows plus a truck lane and the capacity to stack containers up to one-over-five high.

They employ a battery for routine operations and fuel when greater power is necessary. This combination of diesel and electric power greatly decreases fuel consumption and diesel pollutants, resulting in a cleaner and more affordable operation.

According to Konecranes, each machine includes an ergonomic cabin to improve operator safety and productivity, as well as TRUCONNECT’s Remote Monitoring to maximise performance, optimise maintenance, and reduce downtime.

In January, SC Ports reported that Inland Ports Greer and Dillon handled a record amount of containers in 2023.

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