India’s leading container handling port, JN Port Trust (JNPT), has placed an order for 15 more new electrically-powered rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. The first batch of 6 RTGs is expected to arrive this July and the remaining 9 by the end of the year.
The investment will partially replace six older RTGs that are being retired and will take the number of stacking gantry cranes at JNPT to 27. The electrically powered-machines will be more environment friendly than diesel engine alternatives, the port authority points out, as well as being less costly to maintain.
Each RTG will be equipped with twin-twenty foot container handling spreaders and will have a higher lift capacity of 50 tonnes, compared with 40 tonnes for the port’s existing machines. JNPT expects the arrival of the new stacking cranes will boost terminal productivity and support efforts to reduce vessel turnaround times in port.