Konecranes, a smart port solutions provider, has announced that it will supply a total of three mobile harbour cranes to the UAE’s Saqr Port in 2019.
Following an order in the fourth quarter of 2018, Konecranes will deliver two Model 8 Gottwald cranes to the facility by April 2019, with a third scheduled for delivery in July.
Situated in Ras Al Khaimah, Saqr Port is a major bulk terminal in the Middle East, as well as pillar of the Emirates’ economy.
According to a statement, the new equipment will support an existing fleet of 11 Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes, handling inbound and outbound bulk material such as coal, limestone and clinker.
David Owen, Port Engineering Manager at Saqr Port, said: “Ras Al Khaimah is one of the most rapidly growing Emirates. Our port not only plays a key role in the long-term strategy of our Emirate, but also as a logistic backbone of the entire Arabian Peninsula.
“To fulfil this dual role, we have operated mobile harbour cranes from Konecranes for many years which have proven themselves to be very efficient. The new Model 8 cranes form both the next step in our partnership with Konecranes and our terminal’s performance.”
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Dirk Stoll, Regional Sales Director of Konecranes’ Business Unit Mobile Harbor Cranes, added: “The United Arab Emirates are situated in the centre of an extremely dynamic world region. Reliable handling of bulk materials is thus crucial.
“We are proud that this important customer continues to trust in our technology for its bulk operations. Saqr Port’s decision once again in favour of Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology confirms that our large cranes perfectly meet the needs of terminal operators who are faced with the challenges of rapid growth.”