Konecranes Port Services to retrofit electrification to a Model 2 Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane (MHC) at DP World’s Liége Container Terminal (DPW LCT) in Belgium with the aim to lower emissions and noise.
Purchased in 2016, the crane is set to be moved from DPW LCT’s South Terminal to the North Terminal in September 2019 to meet expanded productivity demands in that area of the port.
The retrofit will see the Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 MHC be connected to the electricity grid and will also include a cable reel system to allow it to move 150 m from the point of connection.
If the crane’s electrical system requires maintenance, or if the power supply is disrupted, uptime will be ensured by the existing diesel engine which will become the crane’s backup power supply.
Olivier Hia, general manager of DPW LCT, said: “DPW LCT always strives to reduce its environmental impact on the community that it is part of.
“The project to electrify our hard-working MHC will make it quieter and reduce its local emissions. This is another example of our commitment to social responsibility and eco-efficient operations.”
Konecranes’ Gottwald MHCs are easily transported by barge however, due to the fact the bridge network does not permit transport this way, Konecranes Port Services will dismantle the crane the South Terminal and reassemble at its new location.
DPW LCT is the only trimodal terminal in Wollonia, operating four barges to Antwerp every week, and the Port of Liége is the third-largest river port in Europe.