Port of Wilmington gets electrified with new container stacking cranes.

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GT USA Wilmington, the US arm of Gulftainer, the worlds largest, privately owned, independent ports and logistics company, has taken delivery of three fully electric 45-ton reach stackers from Finland-based Konecranes Inc.

This delivery is part of a larger order, which includes nine 41-ton Rubber Tired Gantry cranes, and is part of the $500 plus million investment into the Port of Wilmington that is slated to include the development of a container terminal at the former Chemours-DuPont titanium site in Edgemoor.

Eric Casey, CEO of GT USA Wilmington, said: “The introduction of this equipment will support the efficiency, overall productivity and operational capabilities at the port as well as aiding our goal to continuously improve our customer service levels.”

GT USA is part of privately owned Gulftainer, an Emirates-based company that now manages the Port of Wilmington under a 50-year lease with the State of Delaware.

The three new reach stackers, which are capable of stacking containers five high, arrived at the Port of Wilmington in late Apri. Eachunit was delivered in four separate sections (the boom, the chassis, the spreader bar and the counterweight). All three machines were assembled and functional by May 3.

Mechanics from supplier Konecranes and third-party company, KT Graham, assisted with assembly, while Konecranes technicians began mechanic and operator training once assembly was completed.

“All three machines passed commissioning and have been introduced into daily operations. It is still very early to determine the full impact of the equipment on day to day operations; so far, the machines are working tremendously well and we are pleased with their performance,” said Casey.

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