On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the 2,000th Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane was inaugurated in a formal ceremony at the Ership terminal in the Mediterranean port of Cartagena in southeastern Spain.
This crane is the new eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor crane, in the G HMK 6407 B four-rope variant and will be used mainly for continuous-duty bulk handling, and also for general and project cargo up to 100 tons.
Gonzalo Alvargonzàlez, CEO of Ership said: “These are very reliable cranes. They are very high-performance and extremely solid. That helps us to serve our customers, who expect their cargo to be unloaded quickly. Time is very important factor in our work. So, the faster a ship is unloaded, being careful with the cargo, the better.”
“Our mobile harbor cranes offer added value for customers and the port industry,” says Heribert Barlage, Senior Vice President for Konecranes Mobile Harbor Cranes. “The 2,000th crane is a sign of our commitment to both. But just like every other important milestone we reach, this one is also an incentive for us to constantly develop our cranes and in so doing, make them fit for the future.”
In UAE, to build its container terminal in Khalifa Port named the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), the port company Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has chosen Konecranes to supply 54 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes. The Finnish manufacturer has been already selected by ADT to deliver 52 ARMG cranes for the first phase of the KPCT in 2012. The machines have a lifting capacity of 40t and can stack one over six containers high. “Thirty of the cranes will be nine-wide, and twenty-four will be eleven wide,” added Konecranes company. The new order will be booked in the fourth quarter 2018.
DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminal 1 has taken a delivery of six Konecranes forklift trucks. Ordered in November 2017, the forklift trucks delivered in June are the model Konecranes SMV16-1200C with a lifting capacity of 16 metric tons at 1200 millimetres and a wheelbase of 3750 millimetres. To fulfil DP World’s safety requirements the machines are equipped with overload protection system, disabled forklift operation when seatbelt is disengaged and Groeneveld Greensight reverse system, which is an obstacle detection system combining reverse camera with ultrasound sensors for enhanced safety. Yahya Al Suwaidi, Manager Plant Workshop T1, DP World UAE Region, said: “Since we have very demanding operations we need machines with high productivity and minimum downtime. Due to the quality and reliability of the machines together with excellent aftersales support we choose Konecranes.”
DP World has 65 marine terminals across six continents with Jebel Ali Port, voted as the best seaport in the middle east, as their flagship facility.
The Civitavecchia Fruit & Forest Terminal SpA company (CFFT), subsidiary of the Belgian holding company Noord Natie, just ordered one new eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbor crane as well as a Konecranes used mobile harbor crane to carry out its growing fruit handling activities. The Gottwald Model 5 has a 125t lifting capacity and a 51m outreach. The used crane provides a capacity up to 150t and a maximum outreach of 51m.
« Our long-term strategy foresees the successive expansion of our infrastructure to strengthen our position as a leading terminal for importing bananas and pineapples to Italy. As the backbone of this infrastructure, we have now opted for an impressive solution based on a new and a used crane from Konecranes. The benefits include immediate availability of the cranes, which will lead to improved quayside handling capacity in the short-term », stated the CFFT Managing Director Steven Clerckx.
The Northern-Irish Port of Warrenpoint just ordered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 3 Mobile Harbor Crane, providing a lifting capacity of 100t and an outreach of 46m. Supplied in September 2018, this machine is part of the 25-year growth plan of the Port, which « forecasts a continued growth in trade following Brexit » as stated the manufacturer.
Konecranes has won a new order for the delivery of two Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes to Winning Logistics Company Limited (Myanmar). This order was placed in the first quarter of 2018 and with these new cranes, Winning has ordered eight cranes in a short period.
The new gear will be used primarily for bauxite handling activities off the coast of Guinea by transhipping bauxite from river barges to cape size vessels.
Designed for use on the open sea, the Model 8 floating cranes have a maximum outreach of 43 m and a powerful 63 tonne grab curve. They are designed in accordance with Lloyd’s Register Code for lifting appliances in a marine environment. This allows them to operate at wind speeds of up to 24 m / s and at maximum wave heights of 2.5 m.
The Nigerian company First Index Project and Services Ltd., operating as a public sector supplier, has placed an order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 mobile harbor crane for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). The main components will be shipped to Lagos and transported by land to Baro, situated 650 km inland on the River Niger. The crane will mainly handle containers as well as various common goods.
“The Port of Baro is vital for Nigeria’s economy. In Baro, freight that arrives on the Niger River from the Atlantic is forwarded inland by train and road, and vice versa. To ensure productive and reliable cargo handling at this hub, we have opted for the first time for a Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane. The versatile Model 2 crane is the perfect choice for our terminal, where highly efficient operation is required,” says Boss Mustpha, former Managing Director of NIWA. The diesel-electric Model 2 two-rope crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 80 tons and an outreach of up to 40 m.
In March, Konecranes was selected to supply two Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbor cranes for the Port of Dover’s new cargo facilities as part of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. The Model 5 mobile harbor cranes, which have a maximum lifting capacity of 125 t and an outreach of up to 51 m, operate with a hybrid drive technology that reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions while reducing noise pollution at the port. They will be used to handle mainly containers and palletised fruit on the new multi-purpose refrigerated cargo terminal, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. The DWDR is the largest single investment ever made by the Port of Dover and will ultimately be a very important instrument to cope with the constant increase in port traffic in the UK.
Malta Freeport Terminals recently ordered fifteen Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantries to the Finnish manufacturer. Equipped with Konecranes technologies such as Auto-steering, Stack Collision Reporting and Auto-TOS Reporting features, “ they will stack 1-over-6 containers high and 6 rows plus truck lane wide “, according to the manufacturer. The first ones will be delivered at the end of the year and the others in spring 2019.