New Crane Order Supports Guinea Bauxite Trade


Konecranes has delivered new machines to bolster bauxite transshipments off the coast of Guinea due to an increase in bulk handling.

Winning Logistics, a member of the Singapore-based Winning International Group, made the repeat order for two Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 Floating Cranes in the third quarter of 2017 for delivery during mid-2018.

The company is part of the Guinea supply chain that links mining regions in the African region to end-users across seas.

River barges ship bauxite to the open sea where the floating cranes load it onto oceangoing vessels heading for Asia.

Winning Logistics has been using Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes for these operations since 2015 when it began its bauxite transshipment activities.

Wang Chuanyang, General Manager, Winning Logistics, said: “With the new delivery, our fleet will consist of six Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes, helping Winning Logistics to reach its growth objectives.

“The cranes play a key role in the supply chain of Guinea.”

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Built for the open sea, Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 Floating Cranes (pictured above) follow the Lloyd’s Register Code for lifting appliances in a marine environment.

This allows them to work at wind speeds up to 24 m/s and maximum wave heights of 2.5 metres.

The new machines feature 63-ton grab curves and a maximum lifting capacity of 100 tons, allowing the customer to lift project cargo such as heavy machinery.

Ari Nieminen, Cheif Research & Development Engineer, Konecranes, has explained what methods are used to eliminate crane noise in a recent technical paper 'Seen But Not Heard'

Giuseppe Di Lisa, Sales and Marketing Director, Mobile Harbor Cranes, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “We are proud to have received a repeat order from Winning Logistics.

“This is a clear expression of the customer’s satisfaction with the performance and efficiency of the Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes in operation off the coast away from quay infrastructure.”

Read more: Konecranes has delivered its first portal harbor crane to Spain in a deal with Bulk Handling Installation (EBHI) — a Spanish bulk terminal operator in the port of Gijón

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