Finnish company delivers first ASC cranes to the region for use at ADPC’s Khalifa Port project
A contract for 30 automated cranes has been awarded to Konecrane Finland Corporation by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC).
The ASC cranes will be delivered to Khalifa Port Abu Dhabi in two batches; with 14 arriving by the end of March 2012 and a further 16 by the end of June 2012.
The light-weight, high-efficiency cranes have a lifting capacity of 40 tons and are equipped with an active load control, active sway prevention and horizontal positioning systems for both automatic and remote operation.
Konecranes’ adaptive automation enables box handling without trolley and gantry inching, so reducing cycle times and saving energy, according to the company.
They will be used for stacking containers for the semi-automated container terminal planned for the port.
“This is a very important order for Konecranes,” said Niklas Brönn, managing director of Konecranes Middle East FZE in the UAE. “The interest for automated terminals is increasing and Konecranes has a proven crane solution for these.”
The company has previously delivered ASC cranes to a container terminal in Virginia, USA, and has a further 36 on order to be delivered to a terminal in Barcelona.