Logistics solutions provider P&O Ferrymasters has recently launched the new intermodal services from the Turkish ports of Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin to the Free Port of Trieste in Italy. The new services will have departures six times a week in both directions and will be connected with rail links from the port of Trieste to P&O Ferries’ continental hubs at Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
P&O Ferrymasters’ customers will be supported by one of the company’s local customs experts in Turkey to help facilitate the import and export of goods to and from the country. It will be possible to transport hazardous cargoes with a load of up to 25 tons.
Wim Blomme, Intermodal Director at P&O Ferrymasters, said: “We are continuing to expand the reach of our services into Eastern Europe and Asia, to where many customers have moved their centres of production. This new link between Turkey and our European network will give them certainly on transit times and reduce their transport costs because of the partnerships we have put in place.”
Turkey’s newest port operator, Atakaş Liman İşletmeciliği Ve Tic. A.Ş. (Atakas Port Business), has recently ordered a Model 7 portal harbor crane, making it the third Konecranes Gottwald crane purchased within the past year. The Model 7 portal harbour crane is a four-rope G HSK 7528 B crane with lifting capacities of up to 125 t, a 50-t grab curve for mechanical grab operation and has an outreach of up to 54 m. The crane’s portal has a clearance of 6 m with the track gauge measuring 14 m. To compensate for the different rail loadings due to the crane offset in relation to its portal, the bogies on the quay side are fitted with eight wheels each and on the land side with six. The Model 7 portal harbor crane was ordered in the third quarter of 2018 and will be put into operation from mid-2019. The crane will work in Iskenderun on Turkey’s southeastern coast, mainly handling bulk and later serving large container vessels.
“Our aim is to provide the greatest benefits to the Mediterranean, Central Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia regions. To meet our goals, we have chosen reliable and high-performance Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology once again. We started our operations with two flexible rubber-tired cranes to handle various types of cargo, but now we need rail-mounted cranes for continuous-duty bulk handling,” said Vedat Ohri, General Manager of Atakas Port.
On the jobsite of Downtown Bursa, a town located in the South of Istanbul which will gather residences and facilities, the Turkish agent of Raimondi cranes Akem Group has just erected the first MRT159 topless tower crane of a total of six planned for this project. With its 48m height under hook and a 65m boom length, it can lift until 8t of maximum load. With two collars, its final HUH reaches 98m. Currently at work, the flat-top crane will do so during a period of 20-28 months. Among the five other topless cranes, four MRT159 with a 8t capacity and a HUH of 60m are also expected. The last one, a MRT152, also with a 8t capacity, beginning with 54m high will reach a final height under hook of 80m with one collar.