Konecranes will deliver 10 all-electric Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). The RTGs will go into service at Garden City Terminal, Port of Savannah.
With this delivery, scheduled for the summer of 2016, the Port of Savannah will operate a total of 146 Konecranes RTGs.
“This order moves us another step closer to achieving an all-electric RTG fleet at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “It’s an important part of our long-term mission to reduce emissions and protect the environment around the port, while increasing the port’s efficiency and growing our business.”
The Port of Savannah, home to the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in North America, is comprised of two modern, deepwater terminals: Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal. Together, these facilities exemplify the GPA’s exacting standards of efficiency and productivity.
In order to make the harbor even more efficient, GPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The SHEP will deepen the Savannah harbor and the associated shipping channel from an authorized depth of 42 feet to 47 feet.
The works on the recovery CSS Georgia ironclad from the Savannah River floor, which started in late January, marked the beginning of the of construction on the SHEP.
As Col. Thomas Tickner, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District commander, said during kick-off of the project, the event is the first tangible sign of deepening the harbor.