BOXHUNTER’s low-mounted cabin will soon be seen at a second inland terminal near the port of Ashod, Israel.
Konecranes has announced that Fridenson Logistics of Israel has placed an order for two BOXHUNTER RTGs for its inland container terminal near the port of Ashdod. Fridenson is one of the largest logistics providers in Israel with a presence in every Israeli airport and seaport.
The cranes will be delivered in autumn 2019. Konecranes has already delivered two BOXHUNTER RTGs to Conterm, another inland terminal near Ashod.
Konecranes emphasised that BOXHUNTER’s construction, with bolted girder sections that can be shipped in containers, makes it ideal for inland terminals. “BOXHUNTER is an attractive RTG concept for inland logistics companies because it’s delivered in containers, it’s easy to transport overland, and it’s erected quickly. It offers efficient, reliable container handling from a cabin located down at the sill beam right by the truck lane. Operators climb into and out of it quickly”.
Tomer Trop, COO of Fridenson, said: “The new RTGs will improve the efficiency of our Ashdod terminal and contribute to the excellent service that we provide to our clients.” Antti Halonen, Sales Manager, Konecranes Port Solutions, added that “Fridenson already operates reach stackers. The new BOXHUNTER RTGs will complement these machines, powering their container handling operations into the future."
“It’s very fast and easy to learn to drive BOXHUNTER,” Halonen continued, “a factor that Fridenson likes because their machine operators have no experience with traditional RTGs.”
BOXHUNTER was launched first as an 8-wheel design, but the two BOXHUNTER RTGs for Fridenson will be 16-wheel machines, stacking 1-over-5 high and 7+1 wide. They will feature the BOXHUNTER operating concept, a first in RTG design and engineering, with the hoisting gear mounted on one sill beam, while the drivers cab is mounted on the other. The ropes are reeved up to the top corners of the machine and then turn 90 degrees to a light-weight trolley, while a counterweight system reduces the required energy for every hoist cycle.
Mounting the cab on a sill beam gives the operator direct line of sight to work in the truck lane, while cameras and scanners give visibility over the stacks for container moves, using technology adapted from Konecranes ASCs and A-RTGs. Fridenson has opted for Auto-steering and Auto-TOS reporting functions to further assist the drivers.
While all the deliveries so far have been to inland terminals and logistics facilities, Konecranes points out that BOXHUNTER is also suitable for port applications, and can be powered using a genset, cable reel or conductor bar system.