The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has approved the acquisition of 20 rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes for the Port of Savannah, Georgia, US.

The new additions to the Port of Savannah, which is owned and operated by the GPA, will increase the fleet size to 178 from the existing 158 RTG cranes. Konecranes said that it secured the order in the first quarter.

GPA reported that the Port of Savannah is the fastest growing container terminal in North America.

Georgia Ports Authority engineering and facilities maintenance senior director Chris Novack said: “The GPA is thrilled to continue our strategic partnership with the purchase of 20 additional RTGs from Konecranes.

“The quality of their equipment and the technical support that they provide is second to none.”

The 20 RTGs are diesel-electric machines with cable reel readiness for electric operation.

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The 16-wheel RTGs have a lifting capacity of 50t, a stacking height of one over five, and a stacking width of six plus truck lane wide.

“The quality of their equipment and the technical support that they provide is second to none.”

To prevent container sway, the cranes will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control system.

Cranes will also feature auto-steering functionality, which keeps the machines on a pre-programmed, straight driving path. They will also be equipped with Konecranes’ TRUCONNECT remote monitoring system.

Konecranes Port Solutions Americas regional sales director Jussi Suhonen said: “The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is moving ahead on schedule. The amazing growth of the Port of Savannah continues. Its positive effect on the economies of Georgia and the entire US eastern seaboard keeps growing.

“This port was the first to take delivery of a Konecranes RTG back in 1995. When the RTGs currently on order are delivered, the port’s Konecranes RTG fleet will be 178 strong.”