Ssangyong E&C has ordered two Generation 4 cranes, a 63-tonne HMK 170 E and a 100-tonne HMK 260 E, to increase general cargo handling capacities at the Port of Gunsan. The cranes are scheduled to start operations next summer (2011).
This will bring to five the total number of the company’s cranes ordered by Ssangyong, which has operated two HMK 170 E and one HMK 260 E machine at the Port of Incheon since 2008.
Forecasting further expansion, Korean logistics company Dongbu Express has ordered its third Generation 5, Model 4, G HMK 4306 B four-rope grab crane for bulk handling at the Port of Dangjin. Scheduled to be operational in Q1-1011, the crane will join the company’s two similar machines, the first of their kind to be sold.
These orders follow closely that of another for a 100-tonne G HMK 6407 machine with a working radius of up to 51 metres by Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA).
A subsidiary of Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), CGSA operates the Guayaquil container and multipurpose terminals in the Port of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
This latest order brings to eight the total number of Gottwald cranes sold into Ecuador since 1987, which, according to the company, makes it the market leader for this type of equipment in the country.
“The port of Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main international trading gateway and its transition from public to private sector management and operation heralded a major new era of investment for the port,” said Gustavo Cercós, engineering director at CGSA.
“ICTSI is investing heavily in facility improvements and equipment. The first two new Gottwald cranes, which were acquired immediately after the takeover of the port in 2007, allowed us to establish efficient container operation,” he said, adding that the experience with the initial cranes had prompted the latest order that would allow further capacity expansion.