On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the 2,000th Konecranes Gottwald crane was inaugurated in a formal ceremony at the Ership terminal in the Port of Cartagena, Spain
The figure of 2,000 is mostly made up of mobile harbour cranes (HMK cranes), but it includes the successful rail-mounted (HSK) and pontoon-mounted (HPK) variants, which are, model for model, the same as their HMK counterparts from the slew ring upwards.
It is just over 13 years since the then Gottwald Port Technology (then part of Demag) sold its 1,000th crane - a HSK 260 EG.
The 2,000th crane supplied to Ership is a Model 6 mobile harbour crane, in the G HMK 6407 B four-rope variant. Ership will use it mainly for continuous-duty bulk handling, and also for general and project cargo, as SWL is up to 100 tons on the hook.
With roots going back more than 100 years, Ership offers a wide range of shipping services in more than 40 international ports. The company purchased its first Gottwald crane 20 years ago and over the years has acquired 20.
Gonzalo Alvargonzález, 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 a very important factor in our work. So, the faster a ship is unloaded, being careful with the cargo, the better.”
Gottwald invented the mobile harbour crane 63 years and, now in its fifth generation of harbour cranes, has kept pace with the increases in cargo handling rates, technological developments (including with the rail- and pontoon-mounted variants) and strengthening customer demands that have shaped the market.
Over the years it has introduced many innovations, including this four-rope variant, and it has now sold over 300 units of the versatile Model 6 crane, its bestselling model. In total, Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes have been sold to more than 100 countries.
“Our mobile harbour cranes offer added value for customers and the port industry,” said Heribert Barlage, Senior Vice President for Konecranes Gottwald 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 constantly to develop our cranes and in so doing, ensure that they are fit for the future.”