Eastern European Markets
August 15, 2005

KCI Konecranes Post Panamax STS cranes for Gdynia

KCI Konecranes has been contracted for the design and supply of two Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) container cranes for Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) in Gdynia, Poland. The cranes will be delivered before the end of 2006.

Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) achieved a throughput of 372,000 TEU in 2004 and is on course for another healthy increase in throughput in 2005. BCT has seen consistent double-digit traffic growth since its parent International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) acquired the terminal in early 2003 under a government privatisation programme.

The order for the new STS container cranes follows on from extensive investments by BCT in new and upgraded yard equipment designed to raise the terminal's annual throughput capacity to one million TEU per/yr. This spring BCT took delivery of its second Panamax dimension STS crane from KCI Konecranes, which will raise BCT's annual capacity to 600,000TEU/yr.

The new STS cranes have a wider outreach of 46 m enabling them to handle containers for Post Panamax size vessels.

"Our latest and subsequent new quayside container gantry acquisitions will consolidate and expand BCT's position as Poland's leading container gateway and puts it in pole position to cater for any increase in the size of container vessels deployed in the Baltic as well as cater for new direct service or hub initiatives," says Jan Mors, Executive Vice President of BCT." And he adds, "The investment plan that we have put in place is proof of BCT's commitment to providing Poland's exporters and importers with ample capacity for the efficient, handling, storage and stevedoring of their containers for years to come."

The new cranes have a lifting capacity of 50 ton, a hoisting speed of 60/120 m/min and the trolley speed is 180 m/min. They are equipped with Konecranes' all AC electrical system and Crane Management System (CMS). The new generation CMS substantially improves the management of the cranes thus ensuring high reliability for the cranes. High Productivity is guaranteed with DynaPilot Sway Control System, which provides accuracy in container handling.

Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) in Gdynia, Poland has been a part of International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) since 2003. ICTSI is one of the pioneers of container terminal management and operation on an international basis, having been involved in this activity since the early 1990s. ICTSI is widely acknowledged to be a leading developer in the sector, specialising in container terminals in the 50,000TEU to 1,500,000TEU throughput range, and maintaining an international management team with unrivalled experience in this respect.

KCI Konecranes is a world leading engineering group specialising in advanced overhead lifting solutions and maintenance services. KCI Konecranes is the world's leading supplier of heavy-duty cranes for process industries and shipyards. KCI Konecranes is a global supplier of special harbour cranes for bulk materials and containers and of mobile container handling equipment like Reach Stackers and Lift Trucks. In 2004, Group sales totalled EUR 728 million. The Group has 4,850 employees in 35 countries all over the world.

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Further information:
Mika Mahlberg, Director, STS Cranes
or phone: +358-20-4272630

This press release together with a downloadable picture is available at our web site

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