Konecranes has won an order for four rubber tyred gantry cranes from TMM Puertos y Terminales in Mexico.

The RTGs, which cost about Euro 1.5m each, will be delivered to Mexico’s second largest port, Operadora Portuaria de Manzanillo (OPM), in July 2003. The port is being expanded by 12ha, with an additional 500m quay. The expansion will lead to Manzanillo becoming a prime port of entry into Mexico and the USA.

OPM has operated Konecranes RTGs at its terminal in Manzanillo since 1998. “This repeat order again shows the competitiveness of Konecranes’ RTG design, and we look forward to seeing the RTG becoming the preferred choice among all terminal operators that focus on high container handling efficiency,” said Mikko Uhari, managing director of Konecranes’ VLC division. Konecranes VLC is part of the KCI Konecranes Group’s Special Cranes business area and specialises in port, terminal and shipyard cranes.

The cranes will be manufactured in Finland and will arrive at the terminal fully erected. The lifting capacity of these 16 wheel RTGs is 50t. Lifting height is 18m and span 23m, making them one-over-five containers high and six-plus-truck-lane wide. The cranes have sway prevention, fine positioning and AC frequency controls.

After delivery of these four RTG cranes there will be a total of 103 Konecranes new design RTGs in operation in North and Central America.