PORTAGE, IN: July 01, 2019. Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor recorded a first recently when Dutch shipping company Nirint Shipping discharged two rubber-tire gantry cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminal, 45 miles by road in southwest Chicago.
The port has become popular internationally for heavy lift and project cargo because of its ocean access, proximity to the US heartland and its capability of handling large-dimensional cargo.
The gantry cranes arrived from Liebherr Container Cranes based in Killarney, Ireland and were discharged from the MPV HC Melina by Federal Marine Terminals (FMT). The gantry cranes will be assembled over the next two months and be in service by the end of August.
With a span of eight containers wide and with a hoisting height of one over four containers high, the new equipment will replace two older units at the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ Bedford Park facility handling domestic and international freight.
“The port’s facilities, location and solid infrastructure allow companies to ship cargoes by water directly into the Midwest, significantly reducing the transportation costs and permitting requirements for moving large loads over the highway,” explained Port of Indiana-Burns director Ian Hirt. “Intermodal transport requires all modes to work together seamlessly, and the gantry crane shipment is an example of the efficient transportation attributes and its connectivity in the Midwest.”
The upgraded gantry equipment is expected to offer higher availability, increased productivity and reduced CO2 emissions.
“Our proximity to Burns Harbor allowed us to receive our cargo quickly and efficiently,” said Tom Tisa, head of marketing and strategic development for CSX. “The new cranes are uniquely suited to support our evolving intermodal operations. Their enhanced functionality and durability reinforce our focus on safety and productivity.”
FMT handles steel, breakbulk and project cargo including wind turbine components and massive beer tanks. The company’s maximum two-crane lift is 199.6 tonnes, near the top of any port’s capabilities in the US Great Lakes or Canada.