Liebherr Container Cranes have secured an order for the supply of 10 electric rubber tyre gantry cranes to Montreal Gateway Terminal Partnerships. The cranes will be delivered to both the Cast and Racine Terminals in 2019.
Liebherr supplied its first crane to Cast Terminal, Montreal in 1997. Since then Montreal Gateway Terminal Partnership have procured an additional four STS cranes and 8 RTG cranes from Liebherr, further cementing their working relationship. In 2016, a conductor bar system was installed at the terminal, and associated electrical and mechanical works retrofitted to two of the earlier delivered Liebherr RTGs to allow for full electric operation. Based on their experience with the Liebherr ERTGs, MGT have contracted Liebherr to deliver a further 10 ERTGs. The electrically operated environmentally friendly machines offer many benefits in terms of reduced noise and emissions whilst allowing MGT to continue to offer its customers an exceptionally efficient and productive service.
The conductor bar connection is the Conductix Wampfler drive in L system, which includes the ProfiDat data transfer medium. This allows for accurate transmission of high data volumes in real-time between the RTGs and the terminal operating system. The machines are also fitted with a diesel generator allowing for operational flexibility and for travel between stacks. The cranes, which have a safe working load of 40.6 tonnes, can handle six containers plus a truck lane wide whist stacking 1 over 5 high. The cranes feature Liebherr’s purpose built Liduro heavy-duty crane drive system. LED lighting is used throughout which together with other energy saving technology, reduces electricity consumption. Productivity and safety aids including DGPS, automatic gantry steering and anti-collision systems are included.
Speaking about the order, Liebherr Container Cranes Sales and Marketing Manager Mr Gerry Bunyan commented. “With this purchase, both the Cast and Racine terminals can take advantage of the many environmental benefits that an ERTG can bring whilst continuing to enjoy the exceptional productivity and reliability that have always been an integral part of the Liebherr RTG. The substantial savings which result from running on electricity offer a quick return on investment, whilst the reduced maintenance costs and the high availability and productivity allow MGT to offer a premium service to their customers while benefiting from exceptionally low entire lifetime costs.”
“This important investment in energy efficient RTGs will significantly reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions, it is estimated that fuel consumption will drop by as much as 95%”, said CEO Michael Fratianni. “This equipment upgrade programme is the most recent in a series of initiatives intended to improve productivity, boost customer service, and expand capacity in an environmentally responsible fashion.”
“We are delighted to have teamed up with our longstanding partner Liebherr Container Cranes who over the last three decades have supplied us with high quality and very reliable container handling machinery.” Commented Daniel Boyer, Vice-president Maintenance and Engineering. “We look forward to commissioning the ERTGs in early 2019, this new equipment will offer cost savings, environmental benefits and improve overall efficiencies. The ERTGs will also dramatically reduce noise and extend equipment life.”