Lithuanian terminal gets tough on noise

Klaipeda Container Terminal Reducing noise is a priority for Klaipeda Container Terminal. Image: Port of Klaipeda

A container terminal in Lithuania aims to reduce its noise pollution and emissions with an order for two Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes capable of fully electric operation.

Konecranes will deliver the STS cranes to Klaipeda Container Terminal (KCT) in Q1 2021.  Due to its location in the city of Klaipeda, reducing noise is a priority for KCT, especially at night. The cranes on order are capable of fully electric operation with an external power supply, greatly reducing noise while simultaneously keeping local emissions to a minimum.

“We’ve been using Konecranes STS and RTG cranes for over twenty years,” said Vaidotas Šileika, CEO of KCT. “So when we needed new equipment, we were confident in our decision to buy from Konecranes again. Also, we are looking ahead towards automation, and these cranes offer us that option when we are ready for it.”

Mobile Harbour Crane

The order follows an earlier order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 Mobile Harbour Crane, which was delivered in June 2019. The harbour crane is a G HMK 5506 two-rope variant, with a lifting capacity of 125t. It will work as a backup for KCT’s STS cranes, providing additional flexibility when handling general and project cargo.

In recent years KCT has begun to handle new types of cargo while expanding its service range. KCT needed to invest in new container handling equipment to cope with an expected traffic increase of 60% by 2021. KCT already operates eight Konecranes RTGs and two Konecranes STS cranes.

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