Montréal selects Liebherr cranes

Liebherr Container Cranes will deliver 10 ERTGs to MGT's Cast Terminal and Racine Terminal next year Photo: Liebherr Liebherr Container Cranes will deliver 10 ERTGs to MGT's Cast Terminal and Racine Terminal next year Photo: Liebherr
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Liebherr Container Cranes will deliver 10 electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (ERTGs) to Montréal Gateway Terminals Partnership’s (MGT) Cast Terminal and Racine Terminal next year.

In a release, Liebherr said that the electrically-operated, environmentally-friendly machines — of which five are destined for Cast Terminal and five are destined for Racine Terminal — offer lots of benefits regarding less noise and emissions and allow MGT to keep offering its customers an exceptionally-efficient and productive service.

The cranes have a safe working load of 40.6 tonnes and can handle six containers, plus a truck lane’s width, while stacking 1-over-5 high.

They feature Liebherr’s purpose-built Liduro heavy-duty crane drive system and light-emitting diode lighting is used throughout — which, together with other energy-saving technology, reduces electricity consumption.

Productivity and safety aids, including Differential Global Positioning Systems, automatic gantry steering and anti-collision systems, are also included.

The conductor bar connection is the Conductix Wampfler drive in L system, which includes the ProfiDat data transfer medium, and this allows for accurate transmission of high-data volumes in real time between the rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and the terminal operating system.

The machines also come with a diesel generator, which permits operational flexibility and travel between stacks.

Bringing the benefits

Liebherr said that MGT contracted it to provide the cranes due to previous experience with ERTGs from the Swiss equipment manufacturer.

Commenting on the order, Gerry Bunyan, sales and marketing manager for Liebherr Container Cranes, said: “The substantial savings which result from running on electricity offer a quick return on investment, while the reduced maintenance costs and the high availability and productivity allow MGT to offer a premium service to their customers while benefiting from exceptionally-low entire lifetime costs.”

MGT president and chief executive Michael Fratianni said that his company’s equipment upgrade programme is the latest in a set of initiatives intended to improve productivity, increase customer service and expand capacity in an environmentally-responsible manner.

“This important investment in energy-efficient RTGs will significantly reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions,” he explained.

“It is estimated that fuel consumption will drop by as much as 95%.”

According to MGT maintenance and engineering vice-president Daniel Boyer, the ERTGs will be commissioned early in 2019.


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