Gottwald has for many years been a key exponent of rail portal-mounted (HSK) and pontoon-mounted (HPK) variants of its proven mobile harbour crane (HMK) technology
Model for model, they are the same cranes as their rubber-tyred counterparts from the slew ring ring upwards.
During Q3 2018 Turkey’s Atakaş Liman İşletmeciliği Ve Tic AŞ (Atakaş Port Business) ordered a Model 7 HSK, making it the third Konecranes Gottwald crane purchased by the company within the past year - the first two being Model 7 HMKs - and the latest contract includes an option for another HSK crane at a later date.
The order is for a 4-rope G HSK 7528 B crane, with a maximum lifting capacity of 125t, a powerful 50t grab curve for mechanical grab operation and an outreach of up to 54m.
It will be delivered in mid-2019 and will mainly be used to handle bulk, and later container vessels.
For these cranes, the portal and running gear are tailored to the customer’s requirements and the limitation of the dock. In this case the portal has a clearance of 6m and a track gauge of 14m. To compensate for the different rail loadings due to the crane offset in relation to its portal, the bogies on the quayside are fitted with eight wheels each and on the landside with six.
The rail-mounted portal harbor crane for Turkey’s newest port operator, Atakaş Port Business, a subsidiary of Atakaş Corporate Group, follows two rubber-tired Konecranes Gottwald Model 7 mobile harbor cranes put into operation a year ago. Starting mid-2019, the latest crane will go to work in Iskenderun on Turkey’s southeastern coast, mainly handling bulk and later serving large container vessels.
Vedat Ohri, General Manager of Atakaş Port, said: “We started our operations with two flexible rubber-tyred cranes to handle various types of cargo, but now need rail-mounted cranes for continuous-duty bulk handling. We are also preparing to handle large container vessels with up to 18 rows at a later date.”
In Q4 2018, JingJiang Port Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd ordered two Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes, for operation by Cosco Shipping Bulk Co off the coast of Guinea, Africa as of the end of 2019.
Cosco Shipping Bulk is a new customer for Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes. The cranes will tranship bauxite for the production of aluminum from river barges onto ocean-going Panamax vessels on the open sea.
With these two cranes, the number of Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes in operation on the western coast of Africa will increase to 10.
ZhiJun Fan, General Manager, Technical Division, Cosco, said: “We will operate the two floating cranes within the framework of our cooperation with China Aluminum group, an important step in the implementation of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative.
"The aim is to transport bauxite from Guinea to the aluminum plants in China. As transhipping raw materials at sea quickly and safely plays a key role in the supply chain, we opted for Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes. These cranes have proved themselves in Africa and beyond as particularly productive and reliable in rough open sea environments.”
Giuseppe Di Lisa, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes’ Business Unit Mobile Harbor Cranes: “We are proud that a global market leader like Cosco has opted for our technology for their bauxite transhipping operations in western Africa.
"The rapidly growing number of Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes around the globe confirms our leading position in this segment once again. Based on mobile harbor crane technology and launched in 2004, our floating cranes expanded their capabilities quickly from transhipping mid-stream to operation on the open sea.”
Built for use on the open sea, the two Model 8 floating cranes for Cosco are designed in accordance with Lloyd’s Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment, which allows them to be operated at wind speeds up to 24 m/sec and maximum wave heights of 2.5m. Both cranes have a maximum outreach of 43m and a 63t grab curve for continuous-duty bulk handling.