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On Oct. 2, 2018, MGT announced the purchase of 10 “E-RTGs” (electrified rubber-tired gantry cranes) for the two Port of Montreal operations. There will be five going to Cast Terminal and five to Racine Terminal. The press release stated that “The electrically-operated, environmentally-friendly cranes will provide many benefits in terms of noise and emissions reduction, and will allow MGT to continue to offer its customers an exceptionally efficient and productive service. This investment follows the successful retrofitting in 2016 of two existing RTGs with a [Conductix-Wampfler] conductor bar system to allow for full electric operation.”
The release further stated that, “The conductor bar connection that will be used for this project is the Conductix-Wampfler drive in L system, which ensures a quick engagement of the Liebherr RTGs from the conductor bar system. A ProfiDAT data transfer system, which allows for accurate transmission of high data volumes in real-time, will also be included. The cranes will be fitted with diesel generators sets allowing for operational flexibility and travelling between stacks.”
Details about the technical challenges Conductix-Wampfler successfully overcame are outlines in the 2016 news item available here.
The new cranes utilize Liebherr’s Liduro heavy-duty crane system with a 40.6 tonne capacity and can stack containers over 5 high. Productivity and safety aids including DGPS, automatic gantry steering, and anti-collision systems will also be included. The units optimize electric consumption through the use of LED lighting.
As the leading operator at the Port of Montréal, Montréal Gateway Terminals Partnership operates two terminals, Cast and Racine, which have been in operation since 1969 and 1978, respectively. MGT’s deep inland location, high operational efficiency, well-developed intermodal trucking links and unparalleled rail connectivity, deliver cost and time advantages to shipping companies serving the established trade routes between North America, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.