Interest in the Konecranes’ BOXHUNTER RTG is growing among customers who see the advantages of the crane’s distinctive features and operating concept in meeting their unique requirements.
Konecranes recently received three BOXHUNTER RTG orders. One is a delivery in early 2018 to Terminales Portuarias S.A. (Terport S.A.) in Paraguay. The other two orders are bound for Conterm’s Logistics Center in Ashdod, Israel, and to Ben Nghe Port, outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during 2017. The cranes will be transported in regular 40-foot containers to the customer sites.
Terport S.A.’s BOXHUNTER RTGs will be the first to be delivered to a riverside terminal. Located along the Paraguay River, south of Asunción, Terport S.A.’s container terminal provides a wide range of services for importers, exporters and special heavy cargo carriers. It needs a container crane that can handle a multitude of scenarios.
The BOXHUNTER RTG will allow Terport to handle more container traffic with greater flexibility in the same space. The RTGs will be equipped with the auto-steering feature, allowing for the pre-programming of a straight traveling path.
The BOXHUNTER RTG’s most striking advantage is found in its modern operating concept where the operator sits in a cabin that is located down at the truck lane. This puts operators close to the truck loading and unloading action, allowing them to easily jump in and out of the RTG and carry out container moves on the fly.
The most striking advantage is found in its modern operating concept where the operator sits in a cabin that is located down at the truck lane.Antoine Bosquet, Konecranes’ Sales Director, Port Solutions, EMEA, also highlights the BOXHUNTER’s unique operating concept as beneficial at Conterm’s Ashdod Logistics Center in Israel. “With the cabin in a lower position, the BOXHUNTER RTG offers easy and ergonomic operation,” he says.
The Ashdod Logistics Center offers various storage and handling services for all types of cargo, including containers. An important import-export link for trade in Israel, it also provides loading services for trucks and trains, and logistics services to an array of customers.
“The customer needs to raise their stack density due to rising volumes, combined with limited space. This can be done by adopting the BOXHUNTER RTG,” Bosquet explains.
As in the Ashdod facility, the Ben Nghe Port, in Vietnam, also serves both international and domestic container traffic. Located along the Saigon River, the growing port is committed to using the most up-to-date lifting equipment, and its BOXHUNTER RTGs will be the first to be equipped with a cable reel-powered electrical system. The RTGs will also be equipped with GPS-based auto steering.
“The orders in Paraguay, Israel and Vietnam represent a very wide geographical and cultural spread. This is a very positive thing, since it shows a wide adoption of, and enthusiasm for, the BOXHUNTER concept,” comments Juha Rantala, Product Manager at Konecranes.
Text: Alex Yletyinen