Port of Oulu acquires new Konecranes equipment

Port of Oulu acquires Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Portal Harbor Crane

The Port of Oulu in Finland has ordered a Konecranes Gottwald ESP.7 Portal Harbor Crane to improve cargo handling capability at their Main Quay.

The new Generation 6 machine allows operators to reach across special RoRo vessels that have containers stacked high on deck, in addition to handling general cargo. Ordered in Q2 2024, the crane will be delivered in Q2 2025.

The new Generation 6 crane will be used to handle the RoRo vessels with containers stacked high on the deck, which is expected to increase flexibility to handle general cargo as well as heavy project cargo up to 125 tonnes.

Additionally, the Gottwald ESP.7 Portal Harbor Crane has a working radius of up to 51 metres and a maximum capacity of 125 tonnes to serve containerships up to the post-Panamax class.

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The crane has strong lifting capacity, improved handling rates, and a high classification. It is powered from the harbour mains by a cable reel, eliminating local exhaust emissions and collecting lowering and braking energy for auxiliary consumption on the crane or to be fed back into the grid.

Tailored for the existing portal, the crane has a track gauge of 18 metres and a clearance height of 7 metres. It is designed to be mounted closer to the waterside to maximise its working radius, with eight wheels on each corner of the waterside and six wheels on each corner on the land side to support its asymmetrical design.

“This new portal harbour crane will expand our container handling capacity, adding essential flexibility to handle also another kind of cargo,” said Marko Mykkänen, Managing Director at the Port of Oulu.

“Slewing gives it the extra range of motion to access every container on the RoRo vessels, including those in hard-to-reach corners. In addition, its electric drive will reduce our energy consumption, which aligns to our state environmental permit.”

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“The outstanding performance from the two  Konecranes cranes onsite already in the Port of Oulu convinced the customer that a Generation 6 portal harbor crane was the right solution for their current needs,” said Hans-Jürgen Schneider, Regional Sales Manager, Port Solutions, Konecranes.

“We’ll be able to install the crane on existing rails, minimising downtime as the port transitions to a new era of productivity.”

Last October, Representatives from Estonia and Finland signed a Green Corridor Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assure and expedite the development of a marine green corridor between Helsinki and Tallinn.

In June 2024, Konecranes introduced a heavy-duty version of its flagship E-VER electric forklift for lifting capacities of 18-25 tonnes.

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