Nigerian River Port Orders Konecranes Crane
Konecranes has received an order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 Mobile Harbor Crane from a Nigerian public sector supplier in Baro for the northernmost port of Nigeria.
First Index Project and Services has purchased the eco-efficient, diesel-electric crane for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) so it can handle containers and general cargo.
Before the crane reaches NIWA, its main components, which will be pre-tested in the factory, will be shipped to Lagos and then transported by land to Baro, situated 650 kilometres inland on the River Niger.
The Model 2 mobile harbor crane is part of an investment in sustainable port infrastructure in Baro.
A diesel-electric Model 2 two-rope crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 80 tons and an outreach of up to 40 metres.
Boss Mustpha, former Managing Director of NIWA, the main sponsor of the project, explained: “The Port of Baro is vital for Nigeria’s economy.
“In Baro, freight that arrives on the Niger River from the Atlantic is forwarded inland by train and road, and vice versa.
“To ensure productive and reliable cargo handling at this hub, we have opted for the first time for a Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane.
“The versatile Model 2 crane is the perfect choice for our terminal, where a highly efficient operation is required.”
Andreas Czwalinna, Regional Sales Manager, Konecranes Port Solutions, commented: “NIWA’s decision to opt for a Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane shows how we can provide the right crane for virtually any application and terminals of every size and type.
“Model 2 was specially developed for use in small terminals, situated in sea ports or, as in the case of NIWA, in river ports.”