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US Navy awards $70M crane contract

A crane company has won a $70 million (US$46 million) US Navy million contract to deliver a 175 t portal jib crane to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington, USA.

The order, which was booked in December and contains options for six additional portal jib cranes over the next seven years, was awarded to Konecranes. If fully realised, the total value of the agreement would be around $US330 million.

The crane will be custom designed with unique features to allow it to operate on multiple rail section sizes, straight or curved, located at the naval base.

It will also be designed to minimise wheel loads while operating at maximum capacity through the operating range. The design will also be based on the historical shipyard layouts of the US Navy but could be used around the world in shipyards with similar configurations.

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The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was originally established in 1891 and provides long-term, full-service maintenance and inactivation or recycling work on surface ships and submarines across six drydocks. It is the Pacific Northwest’s largest naval shore facility and one of the state’s largest industrial installations.

“This contract is a testament to past performance as well as our ability to meet customer needs under the most demanding circumstances, and it underscores the confidence customers like the US Navy have in Konecranes to deliver this unique product,” said Konecranes Vice President in Industrial Equipment Steven Waisanen.

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