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Konecranes wins large repeat order for container cranes in Lithuania

Klaipedos Smelte in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, has placed a large repeat order with Konecranes for 10 RTGs and two STS cranes, as it builds towards establishing 1M TEU/year capacity

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The RTGs and STS cranes are scheduled for delivery in November and December 2019 respectively.


Klaipedos Smelte, which is part of MSC through Terminal Investment Ltd, already operates seven RTGs and three STS cranes from Konecranes, and is building towards a 1M TEU/year transhipment hub, to challenge DCT Gdansk.


MSC has started calling with its Australian Express and Indian Ocean/East Africa Express services, so the terminal is now handling between four and seven services a week.

Klaipdeos Smelte expects to handle between 320,000 and 350,000 TEU this year
Klaipdeos Smelte expects to handle between 320,000 and 350,000 TEU this year

TIL has embarked on a major investment programme, which involves deepening the water area, building a new berth capable of accommodating carriers up to 13,000 TEU and adding 13-ha of backland, including a new rail yard.


“Our stockholders have given us a specific task to handle 1M TEU by 2022 or 2023,” said Klapedos Smelte’s Director General Rimantas Juska,


The new post-panamax cranes have an outreach of 52m and a lifting height of 42m. SWL is 65 tons under spreader (twin 20 mode).


The RTGs will be fitted with variable speed gen sets and will be delivered already prepared for full electrification using a conductor bar system. They are 16-wheelers, spanning 6 + 1/1 over 6 and with an SWL of 40 tons. They will be equipped with auto-steering and gantry and stack collision prevention systems.

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