NAVI MUMBAI : JNPT has placed order on Sany Group Co Ltd, China, for supply of 15 nos. new electrically operated Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGC). The first lot of 6 nos. of RTGCs is expected to arrive at JNPT in July 2017 and second batch of 9 nos. of RTGCs will follow. With the augmentation of these RTGCs, 6 nos. Old RTGCs will be replaced and fleet strength of RTGCs in JNPCT will become 27 nos. (15 New + 12 existing). These RTGCs are electrically powered as against the conventional diesel engine powered, which will become cost economical as well as less maintenance and environment friendly. These new e-RTGCs will have two twin twenty container handling mechanism with 50MT capacity under spreader (as against 40MT with single lift of existing RTGCs).
These new RTGCs will help in improving the container handling in the yard and supporting the vessel operation in improving the terminal productivity. There will be indirect job generation in the associated export import trade due to the induction of these new RTGCs, as there will be requirement of additional Tractor Trailer drivers, surveyors, vessel/ shipping agents, Custom House agents etc.