KCI Konecranes has received an order to modernise 12 process cranes at the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Varberg, Sweden. Konecranes would not disclose the value of the order.

Originally installed in the 1970s, the 12 cranes scheduled for modernisation operate in the reactor, fuel and turbine buildings. The renewal includes replacing the existing hoisting trolleys and all the electrical components. Konecranes will deliver new hoisting trolleys with lifting capacities from 100t to 135t. The first deliveries will take place in January 2006 and continue into the following year.

Meanwhile, Konecranes reports a new order surge for rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs). Konecranes announced the receipt of new orders for 34 RTGs, taking the total order intake for RTGs since January to 53 units. This is claimed to represent more than 20% of the global RTG market. Delivery of the newly ordered units is due to be completed during the first half of 2006.

APM Terminals has ordered 10 RTGs for its US West Coast Terminals – eight units are destined for Los Angeles and two for Tacoma. This order takes their total orders from Konecranes to 51 RTGs and 30 rail mounted gantry cranes for a number of terminals in the US.

Port of Houston Authority, USA, has ordered 12 RTGs for its new Bayport Terminal, which brings its total fleet of Konecranes RTGs to 34. Georgia Ports Authority, USA, has ordered 10 RTGs for its Garden City Terminal in Savannah, increasing its fleet to 31. Multi-Link Terminals, the Irish joint venture company between Containerships from Finland and Forth Ports Plc, is increasing its fleet to four with an order for two for its terminal in St Petersburg, Russia.