Konecranes to Retrofit Upgrade on Bettolo RTGs in Port of Genoa
Bettolo S.r.l. has ordered a new automation system, gantry anti-collision, a new diesel engine and digital transformation for three Konecranes Noell RTGs at its container terminal in the Port of Genoa in northern Italy. With the order booked in June 2022, the equipment and related software will be delivered and installed between March and May 2023.
Bettolo is part of the TiL Group, a large global container terminal operator. The Port of Genoa is the biggest seaport in Italy, with modern container and passenger terminals, shipyards, marinas and multimodal transport connections to Italian cities and other European countries. As part of their site upgrade program, Bettolo were looking for ways to improve the safety and performance of their existing RTG cranes with the latest available technology.
“Konecranes equipment is always built to support safety, ergonomics and efficiency. These retrofits will take the RTG cranes to the next level, with new technology that didn’t exist when they were manufactured. This lowers safety risks even more while further enhancing driver comfort and boosting productivity. With our modular crane design, retrofits are easy to install,” says Daliso Torri, Operations Manager, Port Services Italy, Konecranes Port Solutions.
The three Konecranes RTGs at the Bettolo terminal will have four retrofits installed. The first adds an automation system, with a new drive and a new programable logic controller (PLC) and the latest crane control software, as well as a crane management system (CMS) for real-time usage and diagnostic data. The second, Gantry Collision Prevention, assists in avoiding crane-to-crane and crane-to-obstacle collisions using laser sensors that stop the crane when they detect an obstruction inside pre-programmed safety zones. The third retrofit replaces the diesel engine with a new, more efficient one to improve performance and significantly reduce emissions. Finally, the fourth retrofit connects the three RTG cranes to the Bettolo Terminal Operating System (TOS) in a full digital transformation of their yard container handling. The three cranes will be retrofitted one at a time to ensure the container yard is always operational and to minimize downtime.
Daliso Torri continues: “TiL, operators of Bettolo, and Konecranes have been working together for almost 20 years. For the last two years, we’ve provided 24/7 assistance as they’ve modernized their entire fleet of mobile harbor cranes, reach stackers and RTGs. This order is a clear indication of their trust and appreciation for our commitment to them and our willingness to go over and above whenever needed. We are confident that their upgraded equipment will continue to bring high performance and productivity to their operations for many years to come.”
A strong focus on customers and commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.