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Konecranes receives orders for MHCs in Italy and Nigeria

Konecranes receives orders for MHCs in Italy and Nigeria
Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 MHC

Konecranes has received orders for Gottwald mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) from a terminal operator in Sicily as well as Nigeria’s Tincan Island Container Terminal Limited (TICT), which is run by Bolloré.

Port terminal operator SERMI in Pozzallo, Sicily, has ordered an eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 MHC to improve its overall capacity in container, general cargo and bulk handling.

The MHC, booked in Q1 2021, will be delivered to the Italian Port of Pozzallo in May 2021 and will increase handling performance and reduce the operator’s overall carbon footprint thanks to the crane’s diesel-electric drive.

Vincenzo Venniro, owner and CEO of SERMI, said: “For many years, we’ve provided the best industry services for our clients, who include some major local shipping lines.

“Our new Konecranes Gottwald MHC will help us to continue meeting increasing customer demand for the traffic of containers worldwide at the highest level of quality, and in a more sustainable way.”

Gino Gherri, regional sales manager for Konecranes Port Solutions, added: “The advanced electric drive at the heart of our cranes and the high performance that results perfectly fit the productivity and sustainability needs of SERMI.

“This agreement builds on years of good cooperation and we look forward to continuing on this path into the future.”

TICT, a subsidiary of Bolloré Transport & Logistics located in Lagos, Nigeria, has ordered two eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 7 MHCs in anticipation of expanded container traffic in 2021.

The new cranes, which will be delivered in August, will also allow TICT to accommodate larger vessels.

Etienne Rocher, MD of TICT, said: “Liner requirements are constantly evolving, increasingly requiring higher performance cranes with flexibility in cargo handling and twin-lift container operation as larger ships call more frequently at our port.

“Our experience with Konecranes equipment has always been excellent. We are pleased to add two more of the Model 7 cranes to our facility.”

The new cranes will be operated by TICT in the Tincan area of the Port of Lagos, where they will handle containers alongside a fleet comprising of six Model 4, Model 6 and two other Model 7 Konecranes Gottwald MHCs already on-site.

Andreas Czwalinna, regional sales manager for Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “These cranes will bring the size of TICT Konecranes Gottwald MHC fleet to twelve, giving TICT the capacity to reduce vessel port stay through improved operational efficiency.

“This order illustrates the strength of our long-term partnership with Bolloré, working with them at their facilities around the world as they continue to grow.”