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Konecranes stacks up in Wilmington

Gulftainer USA has ordered Konecranes eRTGs and reachstackers for its new terminal in Delaware.

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Gulftainer USA Wilmington LLC is the terminal GT USA is developing at DuPont’s former Edgemoor site on the Delaware river. Earlier this month GT USA announced work has begun on a US$17M dock extension and crane rail project, and now it has ordered yard cranes.


The Konecranes eRTGs will be delivered in the first and fourth quarters of 2020, and feature a battery system to supply power for stack changes. “They will be all-electric, diesel-free RTGs running on electric power supplied by a busbar system, backed up by battery packs. They will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system, which eliminates container sway, and the Stack Collision Prevention system. They will have a lifting capacity of 41t stacking 1-over-5 containers high and 7 plus truck lane wide,” Konecranes stated.


The Liftace Reach Stackers will arrive earlier (2Q 2019) and feature a lifting capacity of 45t, fire suppression systems, central lubrication and reversing sensors.


Konecranes noted the Port of Wilmington already operates Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes, and Gulftainer also operates Konecranes container handling equipment in Port Canaveral, Florida, and in the Middle East. “They selected Konecranes on this occasion because of their experience and satisfaction with Konecranes technology, plus Konecranes’ service strength in the USA,” the company said.


“This order shows that Konecranes’ offering is strong across every category of container handling equipment,” Jussi Suhonen, Regional Sales Director Americas, Konecranes Port Solutions, added. “Our success in the Americas continues.”


Comments from Eric Casey, CEO of Gulftainer USA Wilmington, highlighted the company’s intention to develop Wilmington as a gateway for produce and reefer cargo. “The delivery of these all-electric RTGs will mark a first for Gulftainer. The addition of this advanced cargo handling equipment at the Port of Wilmington underlines our commitment to further strengthen our operations at the terminal and defines the Port’s credentials as the number one gateway for imports of fresh fruit and juice concentrate in North America. Gulftainer has had a long partnership with Konecranes and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come.”

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