One G HMK 7408 and two G HMK 6407 cranes have been ordered by new customer Rodaport, located in Gemlik Bay on the southern Marmara Sea, where Gottwald already has a strong presence. Gemport operates a fleet of four Gottwald cranes, while Borusan, also in Gemlik Bay, operates two HMK 260 E cranes. With the award of the Rodaport contract, Gottwald now has nine MHCs in the Gemlik region.
Antalya, which already has an HMK 300 E unit, has ordered one G HMK 6407 crane. While the cranes for Mardas and Yilport have already been put into service, the other four are currently being shipped or will be shipped soon.
“Turkey has been the pivot point for trade in the Eastern Mediterranean since the early days, and Gottwald cranes have been well established in this important market for a long time now,” says BÃ¼lent Sandal, owner of Eksen and Gottwald’s representative in Istanbul.
What was once a niche market for MHCs has since developed into a major market following increased involvement of the private sector in port operations. Since the first Gottwald crane was delivered to the Port of Ambarli in 1997, the company has sold a total of 35 cranes, including four used units, to Turkey. The majority have been installed on the Marmara Sea and in the greater Istanbul area.
“With the new Generation 5, with lifting capacities of up to 200 tonnes on hook and a 63-tonne grab curve, designed for flexible, versatile and efficient cargo handling on all vessel sizes, Gottwald is well positioned to play a substantial role in current and future cargo handling in all types of terminals in Turkey,” said Sandal. “A closer look at some of the latest orders reflects that Gottwald has backed the right horse.”