Konecranes supplies container handling equipment to Estonia

In April 2012, Konecranes received an order for two Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes and two BOXRUNNER straddle carriers from the Estonian company A.S. Muuga Container Terminal (Muuga CT).

Konecranes has previously delivered three STS cranes and one RMG crane to the company, and expects to deliver the new straddle carriers in 2012, with the RTGs following in 2013.

Muuga CT is a multifunctional container terminal, handling both containers and Ro-Ro cargo in the port of Muuga. It is 100% owned by Transiidikeskuse AS. The container terminal has an annual capacity of 450,000 TEUs and plans to expand it.

Transiidikeskuse AS Chairman of the Board, Erik Laidvee, explained that the company chose Konecranes as its equipment supplier "due to our good experience with the previous deliveries of quay cranes and the RMG crane that we already have in our terminal."

"The local service has been excellent, and we are very happy with the fast response time whenever we have needed assistance from Konecranes," he added.

The RTG cranes Konecranes will deliver are equipped with a range of features, including an Autosteering feature which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed straight driving path, helping to improve safety and increase productivity.

Container handling efficiency is further increased by the Autostop feature, which assists the driver by automatically stopping the crane in the correct position for the target container or slot.

The CMS Remote Station crane monitoring system provides reports on crane failures and also provides the container terminal control room with the same information. An eco-efficient, fuel-saving system will also be included, which is designed to significantly reduce fuel consumption by eliminating high-speed idling, as well as reducing noise and emissions.

The BOXRUNNER straddle carriers are of 1-over-1 diesel electric design, and have a speed of 30 km/h, with four wheels out of six driven.

Both the RTGs and the BOXRUNNERs are equipped with the latest operator cabin design from Konecranes. In this design, special attention has been paid to ergonomics and visibility. The improved cabin has 60% more glass than conventional cabin designs.

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