Electric cargo handling equipment to be part of $100 million upgrade at Port of Wilmington

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GT USA will take delivery of fully electric cargo handling equipment from Konecranes Inc. as part of its modernization of the Port of Wilmington. Konecranes is a company based in Finland.

The new equipment includes nine 41-ton Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes and three 45-ton Reach Stackers.

GT USA is now leasing the Port of Wilmington under an agreement approved by the Delaware General Assembly.

Eric Casey, CEO of GT USA Wilmington, said: “The addition of this advanced cargo handling equipment at the Port of Wilmington furthers our commitment to be environmentally conscious and to be mindful of our impact on the environment and the community, in alignment with our corporate values.This equipment forms the first part of $100 million to be invested in the first year of a total $500 plus million investment. It will be introduced in a phased manner throughout 2019, significantly strengthening operational efficiency and increasing overall productivity at the port.”

The equipment will eliminate exhaust emissions from conventional diesel generators and halt risk of oil contamination.

Auxiliary generators will be replaced by battery packs, thus eliminating exhaust emissions completely. As an added safety feature the equipment will be fitted with Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system, which eliminates container sway, and the Stack Collision Prevention system.

The RTGs are capable of stacking containers in stacks of five high and seven rows wide, plus a truck lane to increase yard stacking capacity; the Reach Stackers are capable of stacking containers five high.

The Port of Wilmington generates $436 million in business revenue, $409 million in personal income and $41 million in local taxes.

The Port is operated by GT USA Wilmington, LLC.GT USA is the U.S. division of Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned independent port operator and logistics company with operations and business interests in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Brazil and the United States.

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