Krishnapatnam Port Commissions New Cranes
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT); a deep drafted container terminal on India's east coast, announced the commissioning of five new Electrical Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (e-RTGC).
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal is planning to increase its container handling capacity from the current 1.2 Million TEUs per annum to 2 Million TEUs. The new equipment, the port said, bolsters its container handling capacity in the backdrop of a strong year-on-year container volume growth of 88 percenr in FY 2017-18.
The five new e-RTGs have the potential to reduce energy costs by 80 percent and operating noise level by 65 percent while cutting down more than 1,400 tons of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions vis-à-vis the traditional diesel run RTGs.
Designed to offer significant operational performance, the new e-RTGs are expected to infuse further pace to the yard side container handling activities resulting in faster turnaround time for both the container vessels as well as the by-road trailers, according to the port.
Commenting on the development, Anil Yendluri, Director & CEO, Krishnapatnam Port Co. Ltd. said, “We are proud and excited to welcome the new e-RTG fleet which will further strengthen our 'Clean air' initiative through drastic cut in the emissions and will also boost our operational efficiencies multifold offering enhanced productivity for our customers and partners.”
Jithendra Nimmagadda, Chief Operating Officer, KPCT commented, “Addition of the new e-RTGs is in-line with our philosophy of ‘Creating capacity ahead of the demand’ whilst we are in the process transforming KPCT from being a gateway container terminal on the east coast of India into a Transshipment hub in South Asia.”