Recently, Konecranes received an order for eight rubber tired gantry (RTG) container handling cranes from Bolloré Africa Logistics, a branch of the French Bolloré Group. The RTGs will be delivered to the customer’s terminal Société d’Exploitation du Terminal de Vridi (SETV) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and delivery will start in March 2010. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.

Bolloré Africa Logistics is the first integrated logistics network in Africa. It is a leading player in the stevedoring business and operates the SETV container terminal in Abidjan, wherein the recently ordered RTGs will be operating. In 2008 Konecranes supplied eight RTG cranes to the same terminal.

The recently ordered RTG cranes are identical to the ones delivered to SETV in 2008. The 8-wheel RTGs are fully electrical and hydraulic-free. They are equipped with Konecranes autosteering system with container positioning and an interface to the terminal operating system. They also have Konecranes crane management system that ensures safe and uninterrupted use of the cranes. The RTGs ordered have a lifting capacity of 40 tons and can stack one over five containers high and seven wide plus a truck lane.

“Bolloré Africa Logistics launched a new investment program to give the best productivity to the customers of the Abidjan container terminal. This program will increase the storage capacity at the terminal with 22,000 TEUs and will allow SETV to handle nearly 800,000 TEUs a year. Through this plan, Abidjan Port wishes to reinforce its leadership in the sub-region,” says Lionel Labarre, Area Manager, Bolloré Africa Logistics.

“This order is another good example of a long-term relationship between our customer and Konecranes,” says Antoine Bosquet, Sales Manager, Port Cranes at Konecranes. “This is Bolloré Africa Logistics’ second order for our RTGs and it brings the total number of Konecranes RTGs in their terminal to 16 units. Bolloré Africa Logistics is a major player in ports in Africa and we are pleased to see that it had confidence in Konecranes for this new order.”