Thai company orders eco-friendly RTGs
By Christian Shelton17 October 2017
Thai integrated terminal and logistics services company BMT Pacific has ordered four SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Finnish cargo handling solutions specialist Kalmar. The new Kalmar machines will serve BMT Pacific’s river terminal on the western banks of the Chao Phraya river – an inland waterway in central Thailand.
According to Kalmar, its SmartPower RTG crane offers an environmentally sustainable solution to customers through its fuel-saving capability and fully electric design. Kalmar claimed its SmartPower RTG uses up to 10 litres less fuel per hour than most of the diesel RTGs on the market due to its significantly smaller diesel engine and intelligent power management system. It said the refined design requires fewer components and results in higher efficiency with less failure, less downtime, less maintenance, and a low dead weight.
The cranes will be 6+1 rows wide, 1-over-5 high, and equipped with 8 wheels. They will have variable speed diesel engines and lightweight all-electric crane spreaders from spreader manufacturer Bromma. The lifting capacity under the spreader will be 40 tons.
“The deal is another example of the seamless cooperation between BMT Pacific and Kalmar, which is further accelerating our competitiveness in the industry,” said Rangsant Tonchanachai, general manager, BMT Pacific. “Kalmar has supported our development with exceptional services throughout the years, and that gives us complete confidence to focus on our business growth.”