The G HPK 6400 B, the fourth floating cranes ordered by AT from Gottwald, is scheduled to begin operating in February 2010. The crane will be used for transhipping a variety of cargo including bulk materials and general cargo from large ocean-going vessels to smaller river barges on the Mississippi River.
Designed as a 4-rope grab crane for heavy-duty bulk handling with a grab capacity on the ropes of 50 tonnes up to a radius of 31 m, the crane can be used alongside ships of all sizes at handling rates of up to 1,000 tph.
This latest order from AT takes the number Gottwald cranes operating on the Mississippi River to ten units with the total number of sales of this crane to 17 since the launch in 2004.
“These latest two orders are proof that our Floating Cranes are firmly established in the market and that this crane type is evidently the answer to terminal operator’s needs,” said Dr Robert Wassmer, Gottwald’s CEO.
The floating cranes are a blend of proven mobile harbour crane technology with individually designed barges. They can be designed in all available Gottwald variants and according to the company, they provide many benefits including low investment costs, short delivery lead times, good spare parts availability and reliable service.