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Konecranes offer large container handling machines that are battery-driven

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A “battery megatrend” has been gathering force for years on a global scale, first in electronic devices with the maturing of Li-ion battery technology and then in large devices such as automobiles. It’s part of a huge global effort to increase sustainability and reduce CO2 emissions. Konecranes is doing its part in the container handling industry, taking the lead as a container handling equipment and service supplier. Konecranes offer large container handling machines that are battery-driven: the Konecranes Battery RTG, the Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier, and all-electric Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes. This is the next step in the evolution of Ecolifting, only from Konecranes.

Some container handling equipment is “small” in industry terms, an example being a reach stacker, a type of heavy-duty lift truck that handles containers weighing up to 40 tons when full. Some container handling equipment is large, such as a Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) crane, in size around 23m wide and some 27m tall, running on rubber tires. RTGs work in the container yards of seaport container terminals, taking containers in and out of the container stacks, and “shuffling” them there as needed. Many container terminals use RTGs as their container yard workhorses, and Konecranes is a leading world supplier of RTGs. Konecranes also offers automated RTG systems, which are becoming increasingly popular. Making an RTG run successfully on batteries is a considerable engineering challenge: it’s a large machine doing heavy work at a fast pace, usually 24/7.

World’s first! Battery-driven RTG

We now offer the Konecranes RTG with battery power in addition to the cable reel and busbar electric power options. The Konecranes Battery RTG can be thought of as a system when it is operated with a charging station. This will always be the case when the Konecranes Battery RTG is automated. It can also be operated manually, with manual plug-in for charging. This brings new flexibility and “no strings”1 electric operation to RTG-based container yards, as well as zero local CO2 emissions and virtually zero local noise emissions. Combine this with the fact that the Konecranes Battery RTG is delivered in a carbon neutral state, and we get the most eco-efficient RTG in history.

Electric experience

Konecranes started the battery trend in container handling equipment with the introduction of a battery-driven Automated Guided Vehicle some 15 years ago. The battery AGV earned acceptance and became established in large fleets at major container terminals. Meanwhile, a transition from lead-acid to Li-ion battery technology occurred, which was a major leap forward. Konecranes has been learning enormously about battery technology and electric power management over the years. This knowledge has been used to introduce battery AGVs, hybrid RTGs and a battery-driven forklift truck, the E-VER. Then the time came to introduce battery-driven, large container handling machines. When all-electric machines are charged with renewable energy, we call it “pure electric” since it’s the purest form of container handling to date.

Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier

Straddle carriers are specialized machines that handle containers, running on rubber tires, that are used in “straddle carrier container terminals” around the world. Straddle carrier terminals use straddle carriers as their primary container handling machine. In operational terms they are very flexible. They run on rubber tires and do most of the container handling work in the terminal, running between the quayside and container yard.

Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 all-electric Mobile Harbor Cranes

Mobile Harbor Cranes are a general-purpose crane type that is very popular at ports around the world because it can handle containers, bulk cargo and general cargo. It’s a mobile crane type as its name implies: it can be moved on rubber tires to different locations around the port as needed, taking on different types of jobs.

In June of last year, Konecranes introduced Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs). It has been enthusiastically received by the market, especially the modular drive system. This includes the all-electric drive, combining an external power supply with an innovative battery drive. The world’s first all-electric Konecranes Gottwald MHC with battery drive is already working hard at the Port of Skellefteå in Sweden. It is helping to supply an ultramodern battery factory in the town of Skellefteå. In addition, two all-electric Konecranes Gottwald ESP.9 MHCs, each with 200 t maximum lifting capacity, will enter operation at the Port of San Diego, USA, in spring 2023.

A strong focus on customers and a commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.

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Konecranes to deliver first hybrid RTGs to Africa

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Konecranes has received an order from the Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for four hybrid RTGs. These will be the first hybrid RTGs operated in Africa by the Congo River in the city of Matadi. As a world first in the container handling industry, Konecranes now delivers hybrid and electric RTGs to customers as carbon neutral. Carbon emissions are minimized wherever possible in the manufacture of the cranes and the remaining emissions are compensated with re-forestation, up to the point of hand-over to the customer. This order was booked in the first quarter of 2022 and the hybrid RTGs will be delivered by March 2023.

International Container Terminal Services and La Société De Gestion Immobilière Lengo jointly run the Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new hybrid RTGs will enable MGT to handle increasing container traffic. “This is a breakthrough for both DR of the Congo and Africa as a whole, where container terminals are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. These are their first RTGs and a big step forward in their container handling ability that will help them to reach their growth goals,” said Matti Talala, Sales Manager, Port Solutions, Konecranes. This hybrid choice of MGT is fully in line with MGT’s ongoing environmental policy.

MGT opened for business in 2014 and has since grown to reach 175,000 TEU of capacity. The new hybrid RTGs will handle containers with high eco-efficiency thanks to their hybrid drives. A hybrid Konecranes RTG is operated with electrical power from batteries and a diesel generator. During normal use, power is drawn from the batteries. During peak use, power is drawn from the batteries and diesel generator together. The hybrid RTGs for MGT will have built-in readiness for fully electric operation and they will have the smart features Auto-steering and Stack Profiling with a lifting capacity of 40t. This design and configuration will increase MGT’s capacity to 400,000 TEU by doubling the yard area.

This is part of Ecolifting, Konecranes’ continuous work to decrease the carbon footprints of our customers. From eco-optimizing diesel drives to hybridization and fully electric fleets, we will continue to do more with less.

A strong focus on customers and a commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.

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Kongsberg Digital to provide vessel insight to Floatel International

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Floatel International provides top-quality offshore Floatels for extreme conditions, and will now become a part of and benefit from Kongsberg Digital’s digital infrastructure Vessel Insight.

Floatel is currently operating in the North Sea region, Australia, Gulf of Mexico and Brazil and have a fleet consisting of five semi-submersible accommodation and construction support vessels. The company is systematically working to reduce its emissions and optimize its operations. As a part of Kongsberg Digital´s infrastructure Vessel Insight, the goal is to gain better control and smarter solutions through digitalization. Vessel Insight will be deployed on all of Floatel International´s operational rigs.

“We are excited to be a part of Floatel International on their digital journey. They are experts in working under extreme conditions, and we are proud they have chosen us to support them in reducing emissions and proving optimal operations through digitalization.” said Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President of Digital Ocean in Kongsberg Digital.

“One of our main focus areas is data-driven decarbonization. We hope to get the most out of apps such as Maress and will hopefully get better use of our fuel management data. With the Vessel Insight infrastructure and the Kognifai ecosystem, we have all our digital solutions in the same place and greater opportunities for further digitalization.” commented Alexander Östberg, Technical Manager at Floatel International.

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RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel

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RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel. Image: Delo Group
RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel. Image: Delo Group
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In June 2022, a logistics operator RUSCON, successfully implemented the first shipment of 90 40-foot containers, as part of its new multimodal service between Russia and Israel. The shipment was sent by sea from Novorossiysk to the port of Ashdod. The purpose of these shipments is to link the regions of our country with the Israeli ones through the seaports of the two states.

Transportation within Russia is provided by RUSCON regular services. The consolidation points in Novorossiysk are RUSCON ‘s own terminal and the NUTEP Container Terminal. The sea transportation shoulder is fully organized by RUSCON.

Currently the frequency of calls to Novorossiysk for this service is once in two weeks. Last mile service is available to RUSCON customers in Israel.

Commenting on the new service Andrey Chernyshev, the Senior Vice-President of RUSCON, said: “Under the conditions of partial uncertainty of the situation in the world, RUSCON is doing its best not only to maintain the existing logistic chains, but also to create new ones. Undoubtedly, the launch of the new service in Israel is a significant progress in expanding the geography of RUSCON ‘s multimodal services on the Black and Mediterranean seas.”

He continued, “Such development makes it possible to offer our clients secure solutions for transportations in import-export directions. High demand for the service is evidenced by the loading of cargoes of Israeli manufacturers to Russian cargo owners already in the first call. Partaking of several Delo Group’ assets in the Russia-Israel service allows us to achieve a significant synergy effect and minimize the impact of the current negative factors”.

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