Guyana-based port operating companies, Muneshwers and John Fernandes, have made a joint order for two Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes to build a regional cargo hub in Guyana.
These Konecranes will be able to handle “gearless” ships.
Gearless ships are ships that do not have its own onboard loading/unloading equipment.
The two cranes have a working radius of 49 metres and a capacity of 125 tonnes to serve container ships up to Panamax class.
They will be used for container handling mainly, but their flexibility allows them to handle general cargo when needed.
The cranes use the innovative Konecranes hybrid drive, which consists of a modern diesel engine paired with an ultracapacitor that can be recharged by energy recovered from lowering and braking motions.
This gives the power needed for peak performance while saving fuel when moving lighter loads.
Strong lifting capacity curves, improved handling rates, and a high classification is expected to ensure a long service life.
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This will be the first mobile harbour cranes in Guyana, and it is anticipated to enable the Port of Georgetown to receive a much wider variety of cargo ships of varying sizes.
This order was made in Q32022, and it is expected to arrive in Q220223.
“Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes impressed us with their performance, reliability, and robustness as well as their outstanding eco-efficiency,” said Philip Fernandes, CEO of John Fernandes.
“Their special hybrid drive offers us both performance peaks in fast and heavy cargo handling and fuel saving options.”
This announcement comes just over a month after Konecranes and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) signed a licensing agreement for the manufacturing and distribution of Konecranes port cranes in India.
More recently, The Port of Port of Spain (PPOS) purchased two Konecranes Liftace empty container handlers, one Konecranes Reach Stacker, and two Konecranes forklifts.