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GCT Canada Orders 8 Künz Rail Cranes

DELTA, BC, November 2, 2015 – Earlier last week, GCT Canada commenced its GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project. Following on the heels of this announcement, the company today confirmed its order of 8 electric, wide-span cranes (WSCs) from leading crane manufacturer, Austria-based Künz. The state-of-the-art, 41-tonne lift capacity WSCs will increase train handling speed at GCT Deltaport.

Already boasting the largest on-dock rail yard in North America, the WSCs are an integral part of GCT Deltaport’s rail redesign that will help increase intermodal yard capacity to 1.9 million TEUs all within its existing footprint. Selected for their proven reliability, productivity, and sustainable innovation, the Künz remotely-operated WSCs will improve safety of the workforce by buffering containers in a transfer zone adjacent to the working tracks. The fully-electric cranes will be equipped with power smart lighting controls, energy-efficient, down-directed LED lighting, and will also not emit any CO2, NOx, or particulate matter. Featuring robust ABB drive controls, the WSC systems will complement GCT Canada’s existing fleet, streamlining equipment maintenance procedures.

Guenter Bischof, the Managing Director of Künz stated, “GCT places workplace safety as its core value. We are delighted to work with the expansion team to provide an equipment solution with zero emissions enabling the highest productivity for its customers.”

“Künz is a well-respected, global manufacturer of innovative cranes. The WSCs will ensure GCT Deltaport is equipped to provide our customers with the same best-in-class transit and dwell times that they enjoy today — even while they deploy bigger ships with greater volume discharges into the trade,” said Eric Waltz, President of GCT Canada. “Operated by our skilled ILWU workforce, the cranes will be able to operate at wind speeds of 72 kilometres per hour, providing uninterrupted ship-to-rail transfers to the CN and CP network.”

Delivery of fully-fitted and tested assemblies in 2016 will be fully-commissioned in 2017.

To learn about the project, visit to view our expansion videos.

About GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.

Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. operates four terminals in two principal North American ports. Through GCT USA on the East Coast, the company operates two award-winning facilities: GCT New York on Staten Island, NY and GCT Bayonne in Bayonne, NJ. On the West Coast, GCT Canada operates two gateway terminals: GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport in Vancouver and Delta, BC. Visit to read more about GCT.


For more information:
Louanne Wong
GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.
T +1 604 267 5102