Four new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes were delivered to Teesport on Aug 18 as part of a £16.7mn expansion of the container terminals.
The £5mn Konecranes RTGs, manufactured in Finland and Poland, are the first of their type to be supplied by the company in the UK. They were transported to the Tees by the Dutch heavy lift ship “Enchanter”, 10,990gt, of BigLift Shipping BV.
“By switching from the current handling system using reachstackers to these RTGs, we can store many more boxes on the same area, due to their ability to create higher, wider container stacks,” says Mark Pearson, PD Ports project director. “They also improve the number of containers handled per hour.”
The 16-wheel RTGs, which have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes, are equipped with the GPS-assisted technology for container yards. This includes the autosteering feature, which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed straight driving path, thus improving safety and increasing productivity.
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