In April 2012, Konecranes received an order for two RTG (Rubber-Tired Gantry) cranes and two BOXRUNNERTM straddle carriers from the Estonian company A.S. Muuga Container Terminal (â€śMuuga CTâ€ť).
Konecranes has previously delivered three Konecranes STS cranes and one RMG crane to Muuga CT. The straddle carriers will be delivered in 2012 and the RTGs in 2013. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.
Muuga CT is a multifunctional container terminal, handling both containers and Ro-Ro cargo in the port of Muuga. Muuga CT is 100 % owned by Transiidikeskuse AS, who also operates in other parts of the Muuga Port free zone. By the end of May Muuga CT will be merged with Transiidikeskuse AS. The container terminal has an annual capacity of 450,000 TEUs and plans to expand it.
â€śWe selected Konecranes as equipment supplier due to our good experience with the previous deliveries of quay cranes and the RMG crane that we already have in our terminalâ€ť, says Erik Laidvee, Chairman of the Board, Transiidikeskuse A.S. â€śThe local service has been excellent, and we are very happy with the fast response time whenever we have needed assistance from Konecranes.â€ť
â€śWe are very pleased about this order. The ordered equipment is modern and efficient incorporating latest technology and design,â€ť says Erkki Salminen, Konecranesâ€™ Sales Director, Port cranes. â€ťOur local service branch will continue playing an important role in our good cooperation with Muuga CT. It will make sure that the equipment runs in an optimum way to help the customer reach their capacity expansion targets.â€ť
The RTG cranes are equipped with the latest technology, including the Autosteering feature, which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed straight driving path, thus improving safety and increasing productivity. Container handling efficiency is further increased by the Autostop feature, which assists the driver by automatically stopping the crane in the correct position for the target container or slot.
The CMS Remote Station crane monitoring system provides reports on crane failures and also provides the container terminal control room with the same information. The eco-efficient, fuel-saving system, also included, significantly reduces fuel consumption by eliminating high-speed idling, as well as reduces noise and emissions.
The BOXRUNNER straddle carriers are of 1-over-1 diesel electric design. The BOXRUNNER has a speed of 30 km/h, and four wheels out of six are driven.
Both the RTGs and the BOXRUNNERs are equipped with Konecranesâ€™ latest design operatorâ€™s cabin, where special attention has been paid to ergonomics and superb visibility. The improved cabin has 60 % more glass than conventional cabin designs.
Dredging Today Staff, May 16, 2012; Image: konecranes