Indian port operator orders three Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes to electrify bulk handling


Three all-electric Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes have been ordered by Bothra Shipping Services Pvt Ltd. 

This was done for their bulk terminals at the Port of Kakinada, on the central eastern coast of India.

The order was placed in September 2022, and the eco-friendly cranes will arrive in the second quarter of 2023.

Based in India, the Bothra Group of companies specialise in providing international logistics services. 

Providing end-to-end tailored solutions for a broad range of cargo, the subsidiary company, Bothra Shipping, sits as one of India’s major port operators.

The Bothra Group of Companies owns and runs a 6 million metric tonne per year fertiliser handling terminal and an 8 million metric tonne per year mechanised coal handling terminal.

They intend to boost bulk handling rates at the ports with the new Generation 6 cranes while decreasing local carbon emissions and improving operational efficiency.

“Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes offered us the best available combination of outstanding performance with less noise and no local exhaust,” said owner of Bothra Group, Ajit Bothra.

The cranes have a radius of 51 metres and a capacity of 125 tonnes.

These cranes can be connected to the high-tension electrical points that are equipped on the berths associated with the terminals in Kakinada Seaport. Without an onboard diesel generator set, the cranes rely on an external power supply.

Not only does this drive system limit noise and exhaust emissions, but it concurrently provides improved efficiency and reduces operational costs. 

For high bulk handling operations, the cranes use a four-rope hoist mechanism that provides them a 63 tonne grab load curve.

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