Weserport, based in Bremen, Germany, has been deploying a new mobile harbour crane from Konecranes to handle break bulk cargo and project loads, according to a statement.
In operation at Weserport’s Terminal 1 since June 2018, the new container handling equipment replaced a gantry slewing crane which has now been dismantled.
The load-bearing capacity of the Konecranes Gottwald model six crane, at 125 tonnes, is twice as great as the previous gantry slewing crane.
Weserport also expects to benefit from the Gottwald crane’s drive system, which combines a short-term energy accumulator with diesel engines to reduce fuel consumption.
While the new crane is mainly handling steel and break bulk cargo at the moment, there are plans for it to handle heavy goods and containers in future.
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Heiner Delicat, Managing Director of Weserport, commented: “Its robust design and reliability, but also the price/performance ratio and the rapid availability of the newly acquired crane were persuasive arguments for us.
“The mobile harbour crane is also eco-efficient, as it has a new drive system.”
Overall, Weserport has ten handling devices at all four of its terminals, including eight harbour cranes and two material handlers.