SFCT in Miami has ordered six Kalmar eRTGs, while the port is spending US$34M on runways and electrical infrastructure to install the equipment.
Kalmar has announced a deal to supply six Kalmar Zero Emission Rubber-tired Gantry cranes (RTGs) to South Florida Container Terminal, LLC (SFCT). SFCT is a joint venture between APM Terminals (49%) and Terminal Link (51%). China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited (CMHI) has a 49% stake in Terminal Link.
The deal is interesting on several fronts. Kalmar has won a new RTG customer on the US East Coast, a market that has long been a stronghold for Konecranes. Kalmar notes that the six RTGs “are also the first RTG cranes that will be installed in the Port of Miami”, which makes it an important beach head for any crane manufacturer.
One of the reasons terminal operators in Miami do not use RTGs is they are a classified as a “crane” and not mobile equipment, and historically the port has been responsible for cranes under lease agreements. That appears to have changed, and the RTGs are bring purchased by SFCT.
The new RTGs will be powered off a busbar energy system, and will be equipped with operator assist features like auto steering and container stack profiling.
In late 2018 Miami Dade County, which controls the Port of Miami, awarded a contract worth US$34.8M to Odebrecht Construction, Inc (OCI) for: RTG runways and turning pads, crane tie-downs, pavement marking and signage, grading & drainage, reefer racks, and electrical vaults and ducting to connect power to transformers (but not including the busbars) for the new cranes.
For SFCT, the order is part of an ongoing project to densify and redevelop the terminal.
"We are excited about the opportunity to increase our capacity through this terminal redevelopment project,” said Mark J. Baker, Managing Director of SFCT. “We will not only offer better service to our customers, but we will do it eco-efficiently with all-electric RTGs. Kalmar has proven their ability to handle large terminal redevelopment projects on a global scale with successful RTG deliveries. We are happy to work with Kalmar and their US-based support team".
Troy Thompson, Vice President, Sales, Kalmar Americas: "We are very pleased to be the first to bring zero emission yard cranes to Miami. We have worked extensively with the team at SFCT and are certain that our partnership will only strengthen further as we move through this major redevelopment project together".