SeaPort Manatee and terminal operator LOGISTEC USA Inc. have announced the delivery of two new Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 mobile harbour cranes to enhance cargo-handling capabilities at the Florida Gulf Coast trade gateway.
The eco-efficient cranes arrived at SeaPort Manatee on 22 April via trans-Atlantic vessel voyage.
The cranes are capable of lifting loads of as many as 125 metric tons, and the two units combine to offer a tandem lift capability of more than 200 metric tons.
The newly acquired cranes accompany two Gottwald Generation 5 units and a Liebherr mobile harbour crane in the lift equipment fleet serving SeaPort Manatee.
“As SeaPort Manatee continues to grow, with all-time-high levels of cargo activity, the arrival of these cranes, along with such infrastructure enhancements as expansion of dockside container yard facilities, heralds a new era for Manatee County’s hub of global commerce,” said Carlos Buqueras, SeaPort Manatee’s Executive Director.
“We join long time terminal-operating partner LOGISTEC USA in looking forward to efficiently moving even more containerised goods and other cargos to meet consumer and industry needs throughout Central and Southwest Florida and beyond for decades to come.”
Rodney Corrigan, President of LOGISTEC USA Inc., noted that the Konecranes units are emblematic of Green Marine initiatives across LOGISTEC’s North American network: “By investing in eco-efficient equipment, we are further solidifying our commitment to key sustainability goals to protect the environment, reduce our marine carbon footprint and contribute to cleaner air for future generations.”
During the period which ended 31 March, the port processed an all-time high of 660,847 short tons of containerised cargo, up 32.2 per cent from H1 FY21.