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Rhenus Logistics orders mobile harbour crane for Rotterdam terminal

Rhenus Logistics orders mobile harbour crane for Rotterdam terminal

Rhenus Logistics has ordered an eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbour crane (MHC) for its deep sea terminal on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam.

With commissioning planned for May and handover by June 2020, the crane will handle general, heavy-lift and project cargo and expand the terminal’s container handling capacity.

The Rhenus Deep Sea Terminal, situated on the Maasvlakte extension into the North Sea, functions as a hub between long-distance cargo and short sea shipping, with unobstructed nautical access.

Peter van der Steen, managing director of Rhenus Logistics, said: “When we took over this terminal some years ago, there were already two 100-tonne Konecranes Gottwald MHCs in operation.

“They’ve been excellent, so four years ago, we bought our first 125-tonner, Model 6, high-performance crane that gives us the flexibility to handle any kind of cargo. For this new order, we wanted something similar, but with even better energy efficiency, to correspond with the Rhenus Group’s commitment to sustainability and to our ambition in Rotterdam for further electrification.”

The fourth unit at the facility is also a Model 6 MHC in the G HMK 6507 variant, just like the previous purchase.

It gives the operator a a second option for handling up to 125 tonnes of general and heavy project cargo as well as containers. In twin-lift with its sister, it can lift up to 187.5 tonnes.

One difference is that the new crane uses a 690V external power supply, which aims to lower operating costs, while reducing noise and exhaust emissions at the same time.

The first Model 6 crane has built-in readiness for an external power supply, so Rhenus will be able to connect it to the harbour mains as well, at a later stage.

Hans-Juergen Schneider, regional sales manager, Konecranes Port Solutions, stated: “This is the first MHC in the Netherlands to be delivered with an external power supply.

“Eco-efficient solutions like this are essential to modern long-term business investment.”

The crane is part of ‘Powered by Ecolifting,’ the Finnish manufacturer’s strategy to minimise the footprint and improve the handprint of equipment for container terminals.

It intends to reach this goal by multiple methods including eco-optimising diesel drives, hybridisation and fully-electrified fleets.