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July 12, 2019   |   La Porte County Herald-Argus


'Booming' business at Port of Indiana

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor offloaded two new large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes, destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility near Chicago.

“Once the shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span of eight containers wide with a hoisting height of over four containers high,” Hirt said. “The high-performance equipment will replace two older units at the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ Bedford Park facility, which handles domestic and international freight.”

The rigid and stable steel structure allows precise handling with smooth movements even at high speeds, according to Hirt. The upgraded gantry equipment offers high availability, increased productivity, and will produce lower emissions with new diesel technology, according to Tom Tisa, head of marketing and strategic development for CSX.

The cranes are designed to load and offload containers from trains, then place them on trucks for final delivery to a warehouse or distribution center, he said. The cranes also stack shipping containers to optimize storage at the terminal.

They will be assembled over the next two months and be in service by the end of August, Tisa said.

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