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Konecranes Strengthens Bulk Handling in Japan

Konecranes Strengthens Bulk Handling in Japan

Konecranes has received its first order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 4 Mobile Harbor Crane from Japan.

The Finnish engineering company will supply the eco-efficient, diesel-electric Model 4 crane to Miike Port Logistics (MPL) in the South of Japan.

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Designed for bulk handling, the four-rope grab crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 95 tonnes, an outreach of up to 46 metres and a high-performance grab curve.

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To meet the special requirements in Japan, Konecranes will deliver the crane with an additional overload indicator.


Image: Konecranes Gottwald Model 4 Mobile Harbor Cranes handling bulk material. A similar crane will handle coal and coconut husk in the Japanese Port of Miike.


MPL will begin to operate the crane at the end of 2018.

The machine will replace an ageing bulk gantry crane and handle coal and coconut husk.

MPL has been operating a smaller Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane since 2006, which has been handling different types of cargo, including bulk, with a motor grab.


Image: Port of Miike, Southern Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


In a statement, Makoto Aso, President, Chikuho Seisakusho Co., Ltd. (CS), which ordered the crane for MPL, explained: “Bulk handling technology from Konecranes has proven to be very productive and reliable at many terminals around the world.

“MPL has been very impressed by the performance of their Konecranes cargo handling equipment to date.

“It was logical to opt for a Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane in order to further expand their bulk handling activities.”

Holger Schauer, Regional Sales Manager, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “We are pleased that the fleet of Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes at Japanese terminals is growing.

“Since 2003, we have delivered one Model 2 and nine HMK 170 E mobile harbor cranes, the predecessor of Model 2, to nine terminals around the country.

“The new crane will be the first Model 4 mobile harbor crane to be operated in Japan.”

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