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Konecranes to deliver the Mediterranean region’s largest ever mobile harbour crane

Livorno operator Lorenzini & C. Srl has placed an order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 crane. Slated for commissioning in January 2019, it will be used to handle containers

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Although Konecranes has not given the model number, the crane is believed to be a G HMK 8412, as Konecranes supplied with its press release a photograph of one of the two G HMK 8412s it delivered to Meridian Port Services in Tema, Ghana late last year, which are believed to be the first two cranes in this variant (WorldCargo News, January 2018, p28).


The point about this variant on the G HMK 8410 is that it has an even taller tower and higher boom pivot point, so it has an even wider outreach when there is a tall stack on the tier nearest to the quay. (WorldCargo News, November 2017, p40).

A 12-axle G HMK 8412 crane in operation with MPS in the Ghanain Port of Tema
A 12-axle G HMK 8412 crane in operation with MPS in the Ghanain Port of Tema

Lorenzini’s Model 8 crane, to be delivered fully-erect and then commissioned on-site, will serve container vessels and con-ro vessels.


It will be fitted with a power cable and reel so is ready for hook up to the terminal’s grid in the future.


Enio Lorenzini, President of Lorenzini, said: We are already operating six Gottwald mobile harbour cranes in Livorno and have opted for the new Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 crane to expand our fleet.


"This flexible crane meets the challenges presented by the new vessel sizes and types used by our partner Mediterranean Shipping Company. Having the largest mobile harbour crane in the Mediterranean region is symbolic of how we are keeping one step ahead."


Giuseppe Di Lisa, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes’ Business Unit Mobile Harbour Cranes: "With this large Model 8 crane, Lorenzini can handle containers across 22 rows and a very high on-deck stack height.


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


The crane has an outreach of up to 64m (3m more than the G HMK 8410) and a powerful lifting capacity curve. For improved load distribution on the quay, it combines proven Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology with a 12‑axle chassis concept.

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