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Konecranes provides U.S. Navy with shipyard-tailored jib crane


May 26, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff

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Committed to the ongoing upgrades of its facilities, the U.S. Navy has ordered its second portal jib crane from Konecranes, which features a customized design with unique features that have been tailored specifically to the historical layouts of the U.S. Navy’s shipyards.

The newest jib crane, which is being delivered to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and is worth $43.5 million, was booked in May 2021 as part of a deal initially announced in December 2019. This agreement gives the U.S. Navy the option for five additional portal jib cranes over the next five years, putting the potential total value of the agreement, at around $330 million.

“The additional order is a confirmation of the Navy’s ongoing commitment to upgrade its facilities and its confidence in Konecranes to meet their current and future needs with unique products tailored to meet the Navy’s rigorous requirements,” said Steven Waisanen, vice president in industrial equipment at Konecranes.

The newest design allows for operation on multiple rail section sizes, both straight and curved, typically located at the naval base, and can be used globally in other naval shipyards with similar configurations.

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Originally established in 1908 as a naval station on Oahu, Hawaii, today, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard provides longer-term repair, maintenance and modernizations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet using three drydocks and adjacent piers.