GCT Canada orders eight intermodal cranes

by MM&D Online Staff
GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project with Kunz CRMGs in 2017 (PRNewsFoto/GCT Global Container Terminals)
GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project with Kunz CRMGs in 2017 (PRNewsFoto/GCT Global Container Terminals)

DELTA, BC—GCT Canada confirmed its order of eight electric, wide-span cranes (WSCs) from leading crane manufacturer, Austria-based Künz. The state-of-the-art, 41-tonne lift capacity WSCs will increase train handling speed at GCT Deltaport.

Already boasting the largest on-dock rail yard in North America, the WSCs are an integral part of GCT Deltaport’s rail redesign that will help increase intermodal yard capacity to 1.9 million TEUs all within its existing footprint.

Selected for their proven reliability, productivity, and sustainable innovation, the Künz remotely-operated WSCs will improve safety of the workforce by buffering containers in a transfer zone adjacent to the working tracks. The fully-electric cranes will be equipped with power smart lighting controls, energy-efficient, down-directed LED lighting, and will also not emit any CO2, NOx, or particulate matter.

“The WSCs will ensure GCT Deltaport is equipped to provide our customers with the same best-in-class transit and dwell times that they enjoy today—even while they deploy bigger ships with greater volume discharges into the trade,” said Eric Waltz, President of GCT Canada. “Operated by our skilled ILWU workforce, the cranes will be able to operate at wind speeds of 72 kilometres per hour, providing uninterrupted ship-to-rail transfers to the CN and CP network.”

Delivery of fully-fitted and tested assemblies in 2016 will be fully-commissioned in 2017.