Konecranes has supplied two eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) to Belgian logistics and transportation firm Zuidnatie Breakbulk in Antwerp, Germany.
The company provides logistics and transportation for all types of cargo at Antwerp, the second-largest port in Europe, and it commissioned the cranes to help further extend its business.
Stéphanie Feys, managing director of Zuidnatie NV, said: “We’ve been operating Konecranes Gottwald MHCs for more than 20 years. We trust both the high overall performance of the cranes and the eco-efficiency of their diesel-electric drive.
“After discussing our needs with Konecranes, we’ve decided to move closer to fully-electric operation for both environmental and economic reasons.”
The order included a Konecranes Gottwald Model 3 G HMK 3405 in the two-tope variant to be used for empty container handling and heavy loads up to 100 tonnes in Zuidnatie.
The crane is equipped with an external power supply to be connected to the harbour mains, aiming to reduce local exhaust and noise emissions in the terminal.
For bulk and break-bulk handling at Quay 480, Zuidnatie opted for a Model 7 in the four-rope variant G HMK 7508 B which has a 63-tonne grab curve in A7 and a maximum capacity of 125 tonnes.
It is prepared for an external power supply so that electric conversion will be easy when resources allow.
Alexandros Stogianidis, Konecranes Port Solutions’ director of sales for the Benelux region, said: “Konecranes’ electric drives give lower operational costs over the crane’s lifecycle and can deliver even higher efficiency with an external power supply, making them an excellent investment for our customers.
“This project underlines the value of our long-term partnerships with our customers and shows the growing momentum behind our eco-efficient portfolio of products.”