The new G HMK 7408 B four-rope grab MHC is the most powerful crane of its type in Portugal and the first of Gottwald’s Generation 5 series to go into service in the country. With a 50-tonne grab curve and a maximum lifting capacity of 120 tonnes, it will be used primarily for grain handling. The HMK 170 E MHC has a capacity of 63 tonnes and will be used as multi-purpose crane for general cargo and bulk materials.
Socarpor is part of the Mota-Engil Group and is the largest terminal operator in the Port of Aveiro, with an annual throughput of approximately 1.4m tonnes. It is a longstanding Gottwald customer, operating a Gottwald HMK 170 E MHC since 2001. With the award of this contract, Gottwald MHCs in Portugal now number 18.
Gottwald has also disclosed details of an order placed in 2007 for two Generation 5 G HPK 6400 B Floating Cranes by Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in the US, for its wholly-owned subsidiary American River Transportation Company (ARTCO), based on the lower Mississippi.