Lyttelton Port Company in Christchurch, New Zealand has ordered four Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers to expand its straddle carrier fleet in response to growing business. The new machines will be delivered towards the end of 2021. This order was booked in the first quarter of 2021.

Peter Kania, Head of Straddle Carrier Sales, Konecranes said, “Lyttelton Port Company is in the process of converting its entire straddle carrier fleet to Konecranes and is very pleased with the technology and service we have provided. We will do our best to keep it that way. “

Lyttelton Port Company has been successfully operating Konecranes Noell’s straddle carriers since 2018. Simon Munt, General Manager Container Operations, Lyttelton Port Company, said: “We launched Konecranes Noell’s first straddle carrier in the port of Lyttelton in 2018 and by the end of this year we will have 20 of these machines. The Konecranes product, service and support are excellent. “

The straddle carriers ordered are of the type N SC 644 E, diesel-electric machines that stack containers 1-over-3. The machines will be assembled and ready for operation 5-6 weeks after delivery in October 2021. They will be the first straddle carriers operated in New Zealand with diesel engines complying with the EURO Stage V emissions standard.

The straddle carriers will move containers between the terminal quay, container yard and truck networks. They stack containers up to 4 high in the container yard and handle incoming and outgoing container truck traffic.

A strong customer focus and commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes an industry leader in lifting technology. This is underpinned by investments in digitization and technology as well as our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonise the economy and promote circular economy and security.