Another order for Konecranes, but signs of a change of thinking from the GPA?
Konecranes has announced that the Board of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has approved the purchase of 10 additional Konecranes RTGs, which will bring the fleet of Konecranes RTGS at the Garden City Terminal, Port of Savannah, to 156 machines.
The Port of Savannah has a policy of keeping capacity ahead of demand, and demand continues to grow. The port had a record April in which it handled 356,700TEU, an increase of 7.1% over April of last year. “We’re on track to move more than 300,000 TEUs in every month of the fiscal year, which will be a first for the Authority,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We’re also anticipating this to be the first fiscal year for the Port of Savannah to handle more than 4 million TEUs,” continued Lynch.
Konecranes notes that, as “the fastest growing container port in the USA, the Port of Savannah has achieved a compound annual growth rate of more than 5% a year over the past decade”. With the port approaching 4M TEU per annum this means finding capacity for another 200,000 TEU a year. The ten new RTGs will be deployed in three new container rows and increase capacity by 150,000 TEU per year, which suggests more machines could be required. The cranes will be delivered in two batches of five in the first and second quarters of 2019.
The new RTGs will work over stacks that are five containers high and six wide, plus a truck lane, and have a lifting capacity of 50 metric tons. Konecranes announced that the RTGs will be “capable of running on electricity with cable-reel readiness”. This is a departure for the GPA, which has used a conductor bar for its ERTGs to date. Using a cable reel gives the GPA the option to incorporate a fibre optic core into the cable, if it is looking ahead to future requirements that may require a higher data throughout and a higher connection reliability that can be achieved with a wireless network.
“It has been tremendously satisfying over the years to witness the growth and success of the Port of Savannah,” said Tuomas Saastamoinen, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Konecranes Port Solutions. “I hope and believe that the GPA will break the 4 million TEU threshold this fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), as anticipated. The new Konecranes RTGs will be part of this continuing success story.”
The order also represents Konecranes continued success on the eastern seaboard, where it now has over 100 yard cranes on order including RTGs for terminals including Halterm in Halifax, Charleston and Savannah, plus rail mounted cranes for Virginia (yard and rail) and Savannah (rail).
GPA and Konecranes signed a contract for ten Konecranes RTG cranes. From left: Mika Mahlberg, Executive Vice President, Port Solutions, Konecranes; Griff Lynch, Executive Director, GPA; Panu Routila, President & CEO, Konecranes and Jimmy Allgood, Chairman of the Board, GPA.