Konecranes to supply MHC to Japan’s Miike

Konecranes’ supply of a Model 4 Mobile Harbor Crane to the Port of Miike will make it the first of its kind to operate in Japan Konecranes’ supply of a Model 4 Mobile Harbor Crane to the Port of Miike will make it the first of its kind to operate in Japan

Lifting equipment provider Konecranes’ supply of a Model 4 Mobile Harbor Crane to the Port of Miike will make it the first of its kind to operate in Japan.

That’s according to Holger Schauer, regional sales manager for Konecranes Port Solutions, who said in a release that the new crane will be the first Model 4 Mobile Harbor Crane to be put to use in the country.

The Finnish company is supplying the eco-efficient, diesel-electric product to Miike Port Logistics (MPL), which will begin to use the crane at its terminal at Miike Port, located in Ōmuta on Japan’s Kyushu island, at the end of this year.

The order was placed through machinery company Chikuho Seisakusho (CS), with the crane set to be devoted to bulk handling — primarily of coal and coconut husk.

“We are pleased that the fleet of Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes at Japanese terminals is growing,” said Mr Schauer.

“Since 2003, we have delivered one Model 2 and nine HMK 170 E Mobile Harbor Cranes, the predecessor of Model 2, to nine terminals around the country.”

“MPL has been very impressed by the performance of their Konecranes cargo-handling equipment to date,” said Makoto Aso, CS president.

“It was logical to opt for a Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane in order to further expand our bulk-handling activities.”

MPL has been using a smaller Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane since 2006, with this product having been handling different cargo sorts with a motor grab.

The new Konecranes crane will replace an ageing bulk gantry crane.

The four-rope grab product has a maximum lifting-capacity of 95 tonnes, an outreach of up to 46 m and a high-performance grab curve.

To match up to special requirements in Japan, Konecranes will deliver the machine with an additional overload indicator.

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