Konecranes VLC has signed a contract with ZAO First Container Terminal (FCT) for two Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes for St Petersburg. The value of the contract is approximately Euro 10 million. The delivery of the cranes will take place in October 2003.

The Port of St Petersburg is expecting container traffic to grow by more than 30 per cent in 2002. The new cranes are part of an expansion for FCT that also includes opening a new container jetty in 2003.

The new cranes are capable of loading and unloading Panamax size vessels. They have a lifting capacity of 50t and an outreach of 38.5m. The cranes are equipped with Konecranes’ AC electrical control system. The steel structures are manufactured and the cranes are erected at Konecranes’ factory in Hanko.

KCI Konecranes Russian subsidiary ZAO Konecranes has completed several ship-to-shore container crane modernisation projects for FCT. Technical support for the new cranes will be provided through Konecranes’ office in St Petersburg.