Konecranes Unveils Turkish Operator Deal
Smart port solutions provider Konecranes has won a repeat order from Turkish terminal operator Atakaş Liman İşletmeciliği Ve Tic. A.Ş. (Atakaş Port Business) for a Model 7 portal harbour crane, the third Konecranes Gottwald crane purchased in the past 12 months.
According to a statement from Konecranes, the order for the rail-mounted portal harbour crane follows two rubber-tired Konecranes Gottwalkd Model 7 mobile harbour cranes put into operation a year ago.
The latest crane is a four-rope G HSK 7528 B - it has a lifting capacity of up to 125 t, a 50-t grab curve for mechanical grab operation and an outreach of up to 54m.
Konecranes has said it will be operational by mid-2019 and will be located in Iskenderun on Turkey’s south-east coast. It will initially handle bulk, but later on, will service large container ships.
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Vedat Ohri, General Manager of Atakas Port, said this: “Our aim is to provide the greatest benefits to the Mediterranean, Central Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia regions. To meet our goals, we have chosen reliable and high-performance Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor crane technology once again.
"We started our operations with two flexible rubber-tired cranes to handle various types of cargo, but now need rail-mounted cranes for continuous-duty bulk handling. To enable the new crane to work on our rails, Konecranes will team its mobile harbor crane technology with a portal exactly designed to our needs.
"We are also preparing to load and unload large container vessels with up to 18 rows at a later date.”
Hans-Juergen Schneider, Regional Sales Manager of Konecranes’ Business Unit Mobile Harbor Cranes, also commented: "We are proud that this ambitious new Turkish port operator selected our technology right from the outset and continues to opt for it, having come to appreciate its assets".