PSA International (PSA) subsidiary Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) has exercised an option to buy 18 new Konecranes Noell rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Finland-based company Konecranes.
The purchase follows BMCT's original order for 18 RTG and 4 rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes, which are expected to be delivered by the end of this year.
BMCTPL previously received the first consignment of RTG and RMG cranes from the initial order last month.
The newly ordered RTGs are set to be delivered in two nine-unit batches by next year.
The delivery is expected to bring the total number of Konecranes Noell RTG and RMG cranes in BMCT’s fleet to 36 and four units respectively.
BMCT CEO Suresh Amirapu said: “These RMG cranes are equipped with a rotating trolley that gives the crane operator an excellent view of the containers, rail wagons and the entire working area.
“They also have double-sided cantilevers that cover two truck lanes on either side of the crane rails.
“These will allow us to flexibly manage the rail operations and speed up the rail container handling.”
BMCT’s new RTG cranes will be powered by the terminal’s main power systems and will not produce any local exhaust emissions.
The RTGs will be capable of lifting a weight of 40t and are set to be installed in BMCT’s container yard for stacking operations, covering six container rows and a track lane.
Additionally, the cranes will feature diesel generators to power variable speed engines, which are able to cut fuel consumption by up to a third in certain operating conditions.
BMCT’s RMG cranes will have a span of 37.6m, including six rail tracks. They offer a maximum lifting capacity of 65t and feature a lifting height of 12.5m.
Image: Konecranes Noell RTGs en route to PSA's wholly owned subsidiary Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals in India. Photo: courtesy of Konecranes.