Fleet of Konecranes container handling equipment to Port of Wilmington, USA

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Konecranes has received a major order from Gulftainer USA Wilmington LLC. The order is for nine all-electric Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes and three Konecranes Liftace Reach Stackers. The equipment will be delivered in 2019-2020. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the value of the deal.    

The Port of Wilmington already successfully operates Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes. 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. Jussi Suhonen, Regional Sales Director Americas, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “This order shows that Konecranes’ offering is strong across every category of container handling equipment. Our success in the Americas continues.” 

Eric Casey, CEO of Gulftainer USA Wilmington, said: “Gulftainer USA Wilmington will shortly take delivery of new cargo handling equipment from Konecranes. This will include 9 RTG cranes lifting up to 41t and 3 reach stackers lifting up to 45t. 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.”

The Konecranes RTGs will be delivered in the first and fourth quarters of 2020. 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.

The Konecranes Liftace Reach Stackers will be delivered in the second quarter of 2019. They will have a lifting capacity of 45t, and they will be equipped with fire suppression systems, central lubrication and reversing sensors.

About the Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington, Delaware, USA, is a full-service, deep water port and marine terminal strategically located on 308 acres at the confluence of the Delaware and Christina Rivers. This was the first major port on the Delaware River, only 63 miles or 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean. Operated by Gulftainer USA Wilmington LLC, the Port of Wilmington is “Your Port of Personal Service”. 

About Konecranes

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. In 2018, Group sales totaled EUR 3.16 billion. The Group has 16,100 employees at 600 locations in 50 countries. Konecranes shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).