Cargotec’s Kalmar has been awarded a contract to deliver its electric E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) for Turkish port operator Evyapport, to provide additional capacity.
As part of the contract, around eight zero-emission RTGs will be supplied to Evyapport, which is a gateway to global commerce for Istanbul, Kocaeli and Adapazari region.
Kalmar’s E-One2 RTGs will be used by Evyapport to improve handling efficiency and lower operating costs as the port continues to expand its container operations to industrial organisations across the globe.
The cranes are being developed to operate on mains electric power provided through a bus bar automatic arm, and will be capable of handling seven plus one wide with one over six high stacking, and have a maximum lift capacity of 41t.
Additionally, the cranes are interoperable with Kalmar’s electronic driver assistance system SmartRail, which has been designed to enhance RTG controls and operation, while allowing the operator to use a higher travelling speed, minimising handling time per container.
Kalmar RTG and STS cranes vice-president Mika Virtanen said: "As terminal operators gear-up for higher container throughput the requirement for equipment to deliver improved efficiency and cost reduction becomes increasingly important."
"More operators are now specifying Kalmar’s electrically powered RTGs because they significantly reduce fuel costs, when compared to diesel engines. The resulting zero emissions means they are a very environmentally friendly option."
Delivery of the machines is scheduled to take place in the fourth quarter of the year and the second quarter of 2015.
With a capacity of 800,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, a total area of 265,000m² and 1,171m berth, Evyapport also uses other Kalmar equipment such as RTG and STS cranes, terminal tractors, forklift trucks, reachstackers and empty container handlers.
Image: Kalmar’s zero-emission RTGs. Photo: courtesy of Cargotec.