These include a G HMK 6407 – the second Generation 5 model to be launched since spring 2006 – that has been operating at the Ems Ports Agency and Stevedoring Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG (EPAS) in the Port of Emden since July.
The G HMK 6407 has a capacity of up to 100 tonnes and a working radius of up to 51 m. EPAS is using the crane mostly for handling project cargoes, especially wind turbines. Elsewhere, the Port of Hamburg is using a G HMK 7608 mainly for project cargo, while the inland terminals of Neuss-DÃ¼sseldorfer HÃ¤fen on the Rhine are using an HMK 260 E for container handling.
“The most recent orders demonstrate the versatility of our cranes, both in terms of the various infrastructures and the range of applications,” said Heinz Hippler, Gottwald’s regional sales manager for Germany.
In the floating cranes sector, Gottwald has sold three units so far in 2007, bringing its total to ten since the product was launched in 2004. Of these, four units are Generation 5 cranes, two each of Models 7 and 8. In addition, the company has sold 33 portal harbour cranes equipped with MHC technology from the slew gear up, bringing the total number of sales derived from the MHC to 43.
The US is one of its main markets. St. James Stevedoring Co., LLC, which operates on the lower Mississippi, has ordered a third HPK 330 EG to go into service before the end of the year. In 2004, Gottwald developed its first floating crane with St James, whose main business is transloading imported bulk materials such as fertilisers and coal from sea-going vessels to barges.
Also on the lower Mississippi, Associated Terminals operates an HPK 330 EG unit, while since June 2006 the Kinder Morgan Shipyard Terminal in Charleston has used two barge-operated HSK 330 EG portal harbour cranes for transloading operations.
Elsewhere, a first order from Brazil has been placed by MMX Mineracao e MetÃ¡licos SA in the Port of Belem, for two G HPK 7400 B floating cranes to be used for transloading iron ore. Delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2007.
A G HPK 8200 B went into service in July 2006 at Rietlanden Stevedores in the Port of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, transhipping coal from ships to barges, while another G HPK 8200 B, ordered by PT Puteri Borneo Company, is currently on its way to Indonesia. It will be used for open-sea transhipment of export coal from barges to ocean-going vessels off the Kalimantan coast.
Although intended for bulk handling, Gottwald’s floating cranes are also suitable for container and general cargo handling, stresses the company. “Thanks to their autonomy, low specific investment costs and short delivery lead times, there is a multitude of possibilities opening up, especially when thinking of high quay costs or high costs for appropriate quay infrastructures,” commented Dr. Mathias Dobner, the company’s CEO.