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Savannah to add 20 Konecranes RTGs in 2020 for US$38 million


The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has ordered 20 Konecranes rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes at US$1.9 million a piece for the Port of Savannah.
The 16-wheel RTGs, which have a lifting capacity of 50 tons, a stacking height of one-over-five and a stacking width of six plus truck lane wide, are expected to be delivered next year and commissioned in late 2020, reported American Shipper.
The cranes on order are diesel-electric machines with cable reef readiness for electric operations. Currently, 45 of GPA's fleet of 146 RTG cranes are equipped to use a bus bar system installed at the port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal in 2012, as well as three RTG cranes at the Appalachian regional port that use electric cable reels.
"While the new RTGs give Georgia Ports the flexibility to operate via electric power, the authority is reviewing the capability to support a cable reel power system for RTGs," a spokesman said. "As such, the GPA is reviewing both electric RTG systems. Additionally, all 30 of GPA's ship-to-shore cranes are electric powered."
The new cranes also will be equipped with Konecranes' active load control system, which prevents container sway; an auto-steering feature, and a remote monitoring system.
GPA is set to have 12 RTGs delivered in 2019, which, along with the ones recently ordered, will increase its fleet to 158 units.

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