The cranes, manufactured in Japan by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. (MES), are being shipped fully erect on what is expected to be a 50-day trip from Oita, Japan.
Due to their giant dimensions, the ship must navigate around the Southern tip of Africa. Upon arrival at Gemlik the cranes will be offloaded under the direction of Yilport’s engineers. The entire commissioning process and start of operations is expected to complete within 90 days. It is hoped that the first container vessel will be serviced at the new facility in the first week of April, 2014.
“Shipping lines like Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM already call at Gemport and they will soon get the benefit of the best equipment, best service, and highest productivity in the entire region,” said the company
The company’s Mehmet Yildirim added: “We are committed to support the needs of our customers. These new Mitsui Paceco cranes will allow Yilport Gemlik and the entire Bursa region to compete at a new level for international and domestic cargos.”
In readiness for the cranes’ arrival, the company has sent its technicians to train in Japan.