Japan’s Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) has secured a contract to supply eight container handling cranes from Myanmar Port Authority.
The company will provide two ship to shore (STS) cranes and six rubber tired gantry (RTG) cranes for Myanmar’s new port in Thilawa, Yangon.
The order was made on the back of a rapid economic growth in Myanmar, which in turn contributed to an increase in cargo volume. The rise in volumed caused a capacity overflow at the existing ports in Yangon.
MES informed that the order was placed under a loan agreement between Myanmar and Japanese government, signed in 2013, for the development of the infrastructure in Thilawa area, including the construction of the new port.
STS cranes for this project will be equipped with Soft Landing System, which reduces the lowering speed or stops lowering motion as the spreader approaches to a container, according to MES.
The company said that the RTG cranes will be lithium-ion hybrid, and would be able to achieve 50 to 60% fuel saving comparing to the conventional RTGs, reducing port operation costs as well as CO2 emissions.