The Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, Georgia, USA, has ordered 55 hybrid Konecranes Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes as part of the expansion of its existing container operations at the Ocean Terminal facility. The order, which is Konecranes’ largest-ever for RTGs, was booked in Q1 2023, and deliveries will occur in 2024 and 2025.
“This significant investment in new equipment will help prepare the Port of Savannah to handle more ships and cargo while maintaining the world-class service our customers have come to expect. Konecranes’ new machines will expand our capabilities, operate at lower cost and leave a smaller carbon footprint than conventional diesel cranes,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.
The new hybrid Konecranes RTGs will run off electric battery power. The diesel generators will run only to recharge the batteries. They will stack containers 1-over-6 and seven wide, one container wider than the largest RTGs currently operated by the GPA. The wider container stacks will provide higher stacking density and more efficient use of space. In addition, they will be equipped with the smart features of Auto-steering and Truck Lift Prevention. Auto-steering steers the gantry so that it stays on pre-defined drive lanes. With Truck Lift Prevention, ground-level sensor technology monitors the movement of the truck’s tires, immediately detecting any truck/trailer lifting and halting the hoisting action to enhance safety.
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) was the first customer of the Konecranes RTG when it was introduced in 1995. Over the years, the GPA has ordered 288 Konecranes RTGs, including the 55 now on order for Ocean Terminal.
This order is part of Ecolifting™, Konecranes’ continuous work to decrease its customers’ carbon footprints. From eco-optimizing diesel drives to hybridization and fully-electrified fleets, we will continue to do more with less.
A strong focus on customers and commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus the company’s work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.
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