Turkey’s most recent port, run by Atakaş Liman İşletmeciliĝi Ve Tic. A.Ş. (Atakaş Port Business), has purchased its third Konecranes Gottwald crane within the past year.
The Gottwald Model 7 portal harbour crane (PHC) was ordered in the third quarter of 2018 and will start operations mid-2019, initially mainly handling bulk and later serving large container vessels.
Previously, the port had ordered two rubber-tyred Konecranes Gottwald Model 7 mobile harbour cranes (MHC) and this most recent contract includes the option for another crane at a later date.
Vedat Ohri, general manager of Atakaş Port, said: “Our aim is to provide the greatest benefits to the Mediterranean, Central Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia regions. To meet our goals, we have chosen reliable and high-performance MHC technology once again.
“We started our operations with two flexible rubber-tyred cranes to handle various types of cargo, but now need rail-mounted cranes for continuous-duty dry bulk handling.”
The new PHC is a four-rope G HSK 7528 B crane that provides lifting capacities of up to 125 tonnes, a 50 tonne grab curve for mechanical grab operation, has an outreach of 54 m and a portal with a clearance of 6 m and with the track gauge measuring 14 m.
To compensate for the different rail loadings due to the crane offset in relation to its portal, the bogies on the quay side are fitted with eight wheels each and on the land side with six.
The crane has been exactly designed for the port’s needs, according to Ohri, as the facility has plans to load and unload large container vessels with up to 18 rows in the future.