Liebherr Container Cranes consolidates position as a leading RTG supplier with deliveries to Poland, Egypt & Ireland
With an expanding market share in the RTG market, Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd has consolidated its position by recently delivering a number of RTGs worldwide.
DCT Gdansk which already operates 11 Liebherr RTGs, took delivery of a further 3 RTGs bringing their complement to 14. The 16 wheeler RTGs are of 1 over 4 configuration and can stack up to 7 containers wide. The new RTGs will join 5 Liebherr STS cranes already in operation in Gdansk.
DP World Sokhna, Egypt has added further to their number of Liebherr RTGs. A second delivery of 6 units of 1 over 5 RTGs has increased the number of Liebherr RTGs in Sokhna to 11.
The Port of Cork, Ireland has recently installed a Cable Reeling Drum Electric RTG (E-RTG) at its Ringaskiddy facility.
OJSC Petrolesport, St Petersburg, Russia has taken delivery of 6 RTGs which are of 1 over 5 configuration and can stack 6 containers wide. A further 5 RTGs which can stack 7 containers wide are due at the port later this year.
Speaking about the recent developments, managing director at Liebherr Container Cranes, Pat O’Leary said.
“In today’s port environment productivity and costs are crucial. Downtime is expensive and bottlenecks on landside operations can have serious repercussions for quayside operations and overall profit. Port operators recognise that Liebherr RTGs bring multiple benefits in terms of availability, reliability, productivity and ultimately a reduction in the cost per box.”
Recent survey figures show that Liebherr have now gained significant market share and according to Mr. O’Leary this growth is projected to continue.
“During 2012 Liebherr Container Cranes has scheduled the delivery of several RTG projects and by year end will have exceeded last year’s figures. Initial indications are that 2013 figures are in accordance with projections”.
Sales and marketing manager for Liebherr Container Cranes, Gerry Bunyan explains what the key features of a Liebherr RTG are, that has helped with this growth.
“Liebherr RTG’s have a number of features that differentiate from other manufacturers. An eight rope reeving anti-sway system, which is supplied as standard on all Liebherr stacking cranes, coupled with the simultaneous operation of the gantry, hoist and travel motors allows for superior positioning of the spreader and eliminates the need for a headblock. The simplified hoist configuration optimises drive power for maximum energy reduction.
An increase in productivity of between 25-40 per cent when compared with alternative designs is typical. These features combined with high availability and reliability resulting in low cost per move make the Liebherr RTG an attractive option for port operators who are serious about increasing productivity and reducing cost.”
Liebherr continue with the development of their RTGs in respect of a new engine and drive algorithm with a view to minimising running costs.