In a move to bolster its long-term improvement program, Port Houston has placed an order for five Konecranes hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes for the Barbours Cut Container Terminal. This strategic investment covers channel development and land infrastructure. The order, confirmed in Q3 2023, is slated for delivery at the outset of 2025.
Port Houston, a trailblazer in eco-efficient container handling, is intensifying its hybridization efforts in both the Barbours Cut and Bayport operations. Presently, the Houston port boasts a fleet of 116 Konecranes RTGs, of which 26 are hybrids. This latest acquisition will propel the number of hybrid RTGs to 57 by early 2025, building on a previous order announced last October.
Jussi Suhonen, VP Regional Sales, Port Solutions at Konecranes, lauded the forward-thinking approach of Port Houston, stating, “Konecranes RTGs are very popular in North America, and it’s good to see the hybrid version populating the RTG fleet of Port Houston, which is always forward-looking, especially when it comes to eco-efficiency.”
The newly ordered Konecranes RTGs boast cutting-edge Li-ion battery technology and a sophisticated battery management system that monitors charge levels and battery health. Konecranes can remotely track this system’s status via TRUCONNECT®, ensuring seamless operations. The hybrid power system is both modular and retrofittable, featuring an eco-efficient Tier 4f diesel engine that charges the batteries as needed.
This recurring order aligns with Konecranes’ EcoliftingTM initiative, a concerted effort to reduce the carbon footprint of their clientele. From optimizing diesel drives to introducing hybrid and fully electric fleets, the company is committed to doing more with less.
Konecranes’ industry leadership is driven by a steadfast dedication to customer satisfaction and a pursuit of continuous growth and improvement. Their investments in digitalization and technology, alongside initiatives to enhance material flow efficiency, demonstrate a commitment to decarbonizing the economy and advancing safety and circularity