Konecranes secures 54-crane order

Konecranes will supply an automated stacking crane system for the second stage of the building of KPCT Photo: Konecranes Konecranes will supply an automated stacking crane system for the second stage of the building of KPCT Photo: Konecranes
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Lifting equipment firm Konecranes has netted a 54-crane deal for construction of the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), plus an order for the Mediterranean’s largest-ever mobile harbour crane.

In a release, the Finnish company said that it had been chosen by KPCT operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) in the UAE to supply an automated stacking crane system for the second stage of the building of the Khalifa Port facility.

The 54 automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes will have a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes, stacking 1-over-6 containers high, with 30 of the cranes set to be nine-wide and 24 set to be eleven-wide. They will come with automation controls and Konecranes’ Active Load Control system.

According to Konecranes, the order will be booked in this year’s fourth quarter, with an important factor for ADT having been the global overhead crane sector organisation’s ability to deliver on time and on budget.

“Konecranes performed very well throughout the first phase of the construction of our container terminal,” noted Abdullah Al Hameli from ADT.

“In a critical infrastructure project of this kind, which is so important for the future of KPCT, we selected Konecranes because we know and trust their technology, delivery expertise and service support.”

Biggest mobile harbour crane for Med

Separately, Konecranes announced that Port of Livorno terminal operator Lorenzini ordered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 crane in Q3 2018.

A release said that the product will handle containers in Livorno — located in Italy — from January, serving container vessels and con-ro ships moving containers, vehicles and wheeled cargo.

The crane has an outreach of up to 64 metres, plus a powerful lifting capacity curve, and combines Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology with a new 12-axle chassis concept for improved load distribution on the quay.

It will be delivered fully constructed and then commissioned on site, and it will be ready to be hooked up to its terminal’s grid for greater eco-efficiency in the future.

“This flexible crane meets the challenges presented by the new vessel sizes and types used by our partner Mediterranean Shipping Company,” said Lorenzini president Enio Lorenzini.

“Having the largest mobile harbour crane in the Mediterranean region is symbolic of how we are keeping one step ahead.”

“With this large Model 8 crane, Lorenzini can handle containers across 22 rows and a very high on-deck stack height,” said Giuseppe Di Lisa, sales and marketing director for Mobile Harbor Cranes at Konecranes.

“We are pleased to see that this new Model 8 crane variant is gaining a foothold in Europe.”

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