Konecranes has received a $56 million order from the Port of Houston Authority for four super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes and three rubber-tire gantry cranes.
The STS cranes will be shipped to PHA’s Barbours Cut Terminal in late 2014 and supplied during the first quarter of 2015, while the RTGs will be delivered to the Bayport Terminal in spring 2014.
The STS cranes, which can handle container ships that are 22 containers wide, will be the largest that Konecranes has ever built, according to the lifting equipment provider. They will have a lifting capacity of 66 tons and outreach of 64 meters with twin lift operation. They will also be semi-automated and equipped with Konecranes’ AC frequency control system.
Konecranes delivered its first RTGs to the Port of Houston Authority in 2003, and at present PHA has 49 Konecranes RTGs in its fleet.
”We have a long history with Konecranes,” said Roger Guenther, the port authority’s deputy executive director of operations, in a written statement. “We expect the cranes to be of the highest quality and productive for decades to come.”
Separately, Konecranes has introduced an automated system for RTG terminal operators. The ARTG system is built around Konecranes’ 16-wheel RTG.