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US port cranes to be powered by Cat diesel generators

  • Cranes at GPA ports to be powered by Caterpillar Inc generators

  • Project part of Savannah Port crane upgrade

Caterpillar Inc and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) have signed an agreement for the authority to purchase 17 generator sets powered by ‘Tier 4 Interim certified’ Cat C15 ACERT engines.

The deal is part of an ongoing effort at the Port of Savannah, Georgia, US, to upgrade older gantry cranes with cleaner technology.

Atlanta-based Cat dealer Yancey Bros. Co. will adapt the diesel generator sets with customized enclosures and mounts for installation into 17 cranes.

The project is scheduled for completion within 12 months.

The repower project will replace the non-regulated and Tier 1 diesel generator sets originally installed on the cranes with advanced power generation equipment featuring cleaner, more efficient engines.

To further reduce fuel consumption and emissions, the cranes will be outfitted with new controls that will automatically shift the engines between idle and higher operating speeds to optimize efficiency and meet variable load demands.

The use of the new Cat generator sets is expected to reduce emissions of NOx by more than 60% and emissions of particulate matter by more than 80%.

Once completed, the GPA expects the repower project to reduce total annual diesel fuel consumption by 130,000 gallons.