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Indiana port processed gargantuan gantry cranes for CSX terminal
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor recently handled two large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes that were destined for CSX's Chicago-area intermodal terminal in Bedford Park, Illinois.
It was the first time in its nearly 50-year history that the port processed such large cranes, Ports of Indiana officials said in a press release. Designed to hoist loads up to eight containers wide, the RTG cranes will replace two older units at the CSX terminal, which handles domestic and international freight.
"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."
The gantry cranes were manufactured by Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney, Ireland and will be assembled over the next two months. They are expected to enter service by August's end.
"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," said Ian Hirt, director of the Burns Harbor port.
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