The crane was commissioned by Portek Systems & Equipment Pte Ltd, the main engineering arm of GPM’s parent Portek International. The third MHC is expected to commence full operations at Port d’Owendo in October.
GPM has been operating with 2 MHCs since April 2012. This has resulted in a doubling of berth productivity on container handling at Port d’Owendo, Gabon’s main gateway port. The addition of a third MHC will further maximise the productivity of bulk cargo handling as well. The MHCs, with a maximum outreach of 51 m and a lifting capacity of 100 tonnes at 25 m outreach, are capable of serving post-Panamax vessels and Capesize bulk carriers.
Philippe Gery, GPM’s director general, said: “We are delighted to have this latest addition to our handling capacity. We have always and continue to be fully committed to increasing the productivity of operations at both Port d’Owendo and Port Gentil and we have been investing heavily in order to achieve this.”