The company, which operates in the Puerto Nuevo zone of the Port of San Juan in Puerto Rico, will take delivery of two G HMK 7408 models from Gottwald, and will be one of the first operators in the world to deploy the new model.
The custom-built cranes are capable of handling 41 tonnes in 20 ft or 40 ft containers, or 100 tonnes of loose cargo, at speeds of up to 120 m a minute. They have the capacity to move 30 containers per hour, and can be controlled remotely at a distance of 50 m at 60% of crane speed. Each has a useful working life of 50 years.
Luis Ayala ColÃ³n will use the new cranes to boost its container throughput at San Juan. The company, headquartered in Ponce, handles an average of seven container ships a week at its Puerto Nuevo operation.
“We are acquiring the latest in technology and port handling equipment to offer faster and more cost-effective services. With the acquisition of these cranes, we are estimating a 20% increase in productivity that will position us once again as leaders in the industry by enhancing stevedoring and shipping services throughout the island,” said HernÃ¡n Ayala Rubio, the company’s vice president of operations.