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Gottwald’s floating cranes riding a wave of success

Gottwald’s floating cranes riding a wave of success

In the USA, Associated Terminals of Louisiana has ordered a G HPK 6400 B for use on the Mississippi, while PT Indo Straits of Indonesia ordered a G HPK 8200 B at the beginning of the year by for use on the open sea. Both cranes are Generation 5 machines and are designed as 4-rope grab cranes. This floating crane order is the second one by Associated Terminals which commissioned its first such unit, a Generation 4 HPK 330 EG in 2006.

The Associated Terminals G HPK 6400 B, a Generation 5, Model 6 variant, is due to be commissioned at the end of 2008 and will be used mainly for transhipping bulk materials, including coal and fertilisers from large ocean-going vessels to smaller river barges. The crane has a grab capacity on the ropes of 50 tonnes up to a radius of 31 m and, depending on the operating conditions, can achieve handling rates of up to 1,000 tonnes per hour.

By the end of this year, the G HPK 8200 B crane sold to new customer PT Indo Straits in Indonesia will be employed on transhipping coal from river barges to ocean-going vessels 4kms (2.5 miles) off the Indonesian coast. The Generation 5, Model 8 machine achieves handling rates of up to 1,500 tonnes per hour. It has a grab capacity of 63 tonnes up to a radius of 34 m and at its maximum radius of 43 m it has a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes.

This is the second Gottwald floating crane for use in open-sea operations. As with the first crane for open-sea use, the PT Indo Straits unit has been granted Lloyd’s Register Certification for significant wave heights of 2.5 m.

“Floating cranes are currently experiencing a renaissance. They have short delivery lead-times and as they are based on the modular mobile harbour cranes, they make additional quay space unnecessary and neatly navigate around the entire problem of new quay approvals procedures. And, in view of the steadily increasing volumes of cargoes being shipped, they are a highly attractive way of supplementing land-based handling machines,” said Dr. Robert Wassmer, Gottwald’s CEO.