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Konecranes selected for port automation deal in the Middle East

UAE-based Abu Dhabi Terminals has selected Konecranes to be the supplier of an Automated Stacking Crane (ASC) system for the second phase of the building of its container terminal in Khalifa Port.

This order was for a total of 54 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes and will be put through in Q4 2018. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the value of the deal.

Earlier, Konecranes had already successfully delivered 52 ARMG cranes, on time and on budget, for the first-time phase of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which went live on December 12, 2012.

The second phase involved a large expansion of the terminal area, infrastructure, container handling capacity, and the delivery of 54 Konecranes ARMGs. This is a major system delivery, and Konecranes’ ability to deliver on time and on budget was an important factor for Abu Dhabi Terminals.

“Konecranes performed very well throughout the first phase of the construction of our container terminal,” said Abdullah Al Hameli, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals.

“In a critical infrastructure project of this kind, which is so important for the future of KPCT, we selected Konecranes because we know and trust their technology, delivery expertise and service support.”

“I thank Abu Dhabi Terminals for their continuing trust in Konecranes,” added Mika Mahlberg, executive vice president of Konecranes Port Solutions.

“This trust is well-placed. We will deliver on our commitment with excellent automated crane technology and service, on time and on budget.”

The 54 ARMG cranes of this order will be similar to those delivered in the first phase. They will have a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes, stacking one-over-six containers high.

Thirty of the cranes will be nine-wide, and twenty-four will be eleven-wide. They will be equipped with automation controls and Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system. ALC combines advanced sway control and horizontal fine positioning, providing very efficient container handling in the ARMG yard both automated and remote operation.

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