NAPIER Port has just put into operation new container handlers, with more on order as throughput picks up at the North Island port.
Since the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake caused havoc with other Kiwi ports, imports through Napier increased 91%, with container volumes growing by around 25%.
The Port recently began operating two Konecranes full container handlers, and due for arrival in 2017 are two Konecranes reach stackers, two empty container handlers, and two more full container handlers.
As the new reach stackers will handle containers on both ship and rail side, Napier Port has deliberately opted for Liftace reach stackers.
Being equipped with front side stabilisers, these machines feature up to 41-tonne capacity in the second row and have a particularly low turning radius.
Napier Port container operations manager Warren Young said the Port was already operating several pieces of Konecranes equipment.
“We are sure that relying on equipment and aftermarket support from one single supplier will enhance the efficiency of our operations,” he said.