Konecranes has received an order for 6 Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from DP World Maputo, Mozambique. The cranes will be delivered at the end of 2016.
Located on the south-eastern coast of Africa, DP World Maputo is a container shipping gateway to southern Africa’s vast economic hinterland. The port plays a major role in linking regional production, mining and commercial hubs to the markets of south-east Asia. The port, which is almost entirely focused on origin and destination throughput, serves as the main shipping terminus for land-locked regions of southern Africa such as Gauteng province, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana.
The 6 RTGs on order are 16-wheel RTGs with a lifting capacity of 40 tons, stacking 1-over-5 containers high and 6 rows plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Auto-steering, a driver-assisting feature which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed, straight path, and Stack Collision Prevention, Truck anti-lifting and a Truck Positioning System. The cranes will also be equipped with TRUCONNECT®, a remote service that provides 24/7 access to a global network of support centers, offering expertise to help solve problems and reduce downtime.
Mr Junaid Zamir, CEO of DP World Maputo, stated: “Container handling equipment is key to operations across our network including Maputo, and we strongly emphasize reliability and efficiency. Local support on the ground is also important for maintaining our assets so that we meet customer expectations. These RTG cranes will add to our capability in this major market.”
“Our business continues to grow in Africa. With this RTG delivery to DP World Maputo, we will add southern Africa to our growing presence in Africa. I look forward to forging a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with DP World Maputo,” said Antoine Bosquet, Sales Director, Port Cranes, Konecranes.