Finnish firm Konecranes has been awarded a new order to deliver a second portal jib crane to the US Navy.

The navy placed the $43.5m order by exercising an option under a deal initially announced in December 2019.

As agreed, Konecranes will deliver a portal jib crane similar to the one ordered two years ago.

The crane will be tailored to the historical shipyard layouts of the US Navy and installed at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

It will be equipped with the necessary features to operate on the multiple rail section sizes located at the naval base.

Additionally, the crane can be used in other naval shipyards with similar configurations.

Previously, the US Navy ordered a 175t crane for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Konecranes Industrial Equipment vice-president Steven Waisanen said: “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.”

As per the 2019 agreement, the US Navy can order five additional portal jib cranes. If all options are exercised, the overall agreement may value at around $300m.

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard was originally established in 1908 as a naval station on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Currently, it offers longer-term repair, maintenance and modernisation works for the US Pacific Fleet.

Konecranes focuses on manufacturing cranes and lifting equipment for different industry verticals.

Last year, the group’s total sales amounted to €3.2bn. It has a workforce of around 16,600 people in 50 countries.