THE Port of Valencia on Spain’s east coast has implemented the country’s first busbar retrofit of its Konecranes rubber tyre gantry cranes.

The retrofit has been done to enhance sustainability, safety and efficiency as they handle more than 4.2m TEU annually.

MSC terminal is a major terminal within the port, which is Spain’s largest port and the fifth busiest container port in Europe.

MSCTV converted its existing Konecranes RTGs to fully electric operation with a busbar retrofit.


With a busbar system, the power is supplied by a low electrified fence that provides the physical contact.

RTG operation is said to be quiet and without diesel emissions. It also eliminates the need for refuelling so RTGs can spend more time shifting containers.

“The busbar retrofit provides us with a CO2 emissions reduction of approximately 20%, as well as producing less noise, requiring less maintenance and operating at higher levels of productivity and reliability,” MSCTV terminal manager Sven Valentin said.

“MSCTV has a strong company focus on sustainability, and we believe that using ‘clean’ equipment to reduce our environmental impact is imperative to continuing to work harmoniously with our local communities,” he said.

In addition to the major busbar retrofit, MSCTV requested Konecranes also add further features to the RTGs to enhance their safety and performance, by adding the latest technology, including trailer lift prevention and auto-steering.