Konecranes has received a contract from Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) for the delivery of 30 additional Konecranes Gottwald Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

The AGVs will be delivered in the fourth quarter of next year and commissioned by mid-2022.

LBCT has a fleet of 72 Konecranes Gottwald AGVs, which operate on lead-acid battery.

The addition of the new AGVs is expected to expand the system at the terminal, which includes Battery Exchange System (BES), transponder navigation and a fence control safety system.

Konecranes will also provide pre-engineering for another BES, which will be installed as part of the final phase of the terminal construction for redundancy reasons.

Konecranes Port Solutions Region Americas sales manager Ari Rämö said: “This order from LBCT is a strong vote of confidence in our Automated Guided Vehicle technology and its long-term viability in terms of constantly improving eco-efficiency and productivity.”

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LBCT LLC president Anthony Otto said: “LBCT is very pleased with the performance of our first fleet of AGVs. We will now be increasing this fleet as part of the completion of the final phase of the new terminal’s construction currently underway and scheduled to be finished in Q1 of 2022.

“Konecranes has been a fantastic partner and this additional purchase is a reflection of our confidence in their dedication to our partnership going forward.”

LBCT uses TBA Group’s TEAMS Equipment Control System (ECS) to manage travel orders, optimise routes and prevent deadlock situations in the AGV fleet operation.

In October last year, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) sold Long Beach Container Terminal to a Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP)-led consortium for $1.78bn.