Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT), the container terminal operation of International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has unveiled new investments which it says will advance terminal efficiency and provide easier access to the Port of Matadi.
The latest investments involve an order from MGT to Konecranes for four new hybrid rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs).
These will be the first hybrid RTGs operated in Africa by the Congo River in the city of Matadi.
As a world first in the container handling industry, Konecranes now delivers hybrid and electric RTGs to customers as carbon neutral.
“This is a breakthrough for both DR of the Congo and Africa as a whole, where container terminals are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. These are their first RTGs and a big step forward in their container handling ability that will help them to reach their growth goals,” said Matti Talala, Sales Manager, Port Solutions, Konecranes.
The hybrid RTGs are powered by a combination of battery and diesel engine, which generate less carbon emission. Thanks to their hybrid drives, the new hybrid RTGs will handle containers with high eco-efficiency. A hybrid Konecranes RTG is operated with electrical power from batteries and a diesel generator. During peak use, power is drawn from the batteries and diesel generator together.
The hybrid RTGs for MGT will have built-in readiness for fully electric operation and they will have the smart features Auto-steering and Stack Profiling with a lifting capacity of 40t.
This design and configuration will increase MGT’s capacity to 400,000 TEU by doubling the yard area.
This hybrid choice of MGT is fully in line with MGT’s ongoing environmental policy. MGT is the third terminal in the ICTSI Group that utilizes hybrid RTGs.
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