THE FIRST FIVE AUTOMATED RMG CRANES ARRIVE AMIDST MUCH EXCITEMENT.
On October 17th, the first five of twenty automated Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes arrived at Global Terminal. The cranes, designed and manufactured by Konecranes, were a remarkable sight to behold as they were unloaded with precise choreography over the course of three days. Each crane is 80 feet tall and can lift up to 40 tons at a time. The remaining fifteen cranes are expected to arrive in the near future as Global Terminal continues to prepare for the April 2014 go-live date.
First Five Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes Delivered to Global Terminal Expansion.
BAYONNE, NJ – In the early morning of October 17th, the ship “Happy Dynamic” berthed alongside Global Terminal to deliver the first five of twenty automated Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes designed and manufactured by Konecranes. The ARMGs started to roll off the delivery ship once the lashings on the cranes were removed and the operation was completed successfully by noon on October 20th. It was a remarkable sight to see the mammoth cranes being unloaded with such precise choreography.
This was the first of four shipments to deliver the twenty RMGs to the expanded Global Terminal which is scheduled to go live in April 2014.
Alongside his eager colleagues, Pete Giugliano, Vice President of Engineering at Global Terminal commented, “We’ve been working closely with Konecranes the past 18 months and are very excited to see the first five RMGs arrive at our terminal. These cranes and this technology will take Global to a heightened level of productivity and customer service.”
The 80-foot tall cranes have a lifting capacity of 40 tons and will stack one-over-five containers high and nine containers wide. Global’s terminal expansion will include twenty RMGs that will stack containers in ten rows set on a diagonal to maximize space and facilitate easier approaches and departures for truckers.
Stacking and tracking software will tell the cranes exactly where to place each container, and then how best to retrieve it when a trucker comes to pick it up.
The RMGs are designed to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with time scheduled for maintenance. The cranes are not equipped with operator cabins. A control room with eight Remote Operator Stations (ROSs) will be used to control the RMGs during work cycles involving road trucks. The ROSs will be equipped with a complete set of crane controls, the necessary video feeds and two-way communication equipment to safely perform the container operations.
Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes.
In 2012, Group sales totaled EUR 2,170 million. The Group has 11,900 employees at 626 locations in 48 countries. Konecranes is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (symbol: KCR1V).