Konecranes has delivered two empty container handlers (ECHs) and one forklift to Piraeus Container Terminal S.A. (PCT), joining four additional Konecranes ECHs already operating at the port.
PCT, a subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Corporation, ordered the equipment back in October 2020 as its volumes steadily grew.
Dimitrios Megalooikonomou, deputy technical manager of PCT, said: “We bought our first two Konecranes ECHs in 2017 and they’ve performed very well. Because of an increase in demand in our storage facilities, we ordered two more of the same in 2019, and we needed two more again this year.
“This time, we also decided to add a forklift truck for flexibility in our container handling. Konecranes lift trucks have lived up to their reputation for outstanding reliability and productivity, and ourdrivers appreciate the ergonomic design especially suited for our hot climate.”
Of the three new lift trucks that arrived at PCT, two were Konecranes SMV 7/8 ECC 90 ECHs, used for stacking empty containers up to eight high and featuring a high rear-mounted cabin to improve stability.
The third is a 20-tonne SMV 20-1200 C forklift for general repair and cargo support around the terminal with a lifting height increased to 7,000 mm.
In all three vehicles, an electronic warning system prevents overland and the air-conditioning in the cabin as well as a hydraulic oil cooler and a turbo II filter make them particularly operating in high outdoor temperatures.
Tobias Nilsson, sales director at Konecranes Lift Trucks, said: “Repeat orders from PCT demonstrate that they’ve been very pleased with the high quality we consistently deliver to all our customers in both products and services.
“Local agent Craneports helped us to quickly build a strong, trusting relationship from the very start, and have provided excellent spare parts and local support as well. We look forward to continuing our work with PCT for many years to come.”
The equipment’s Stage V diesel engines follow the strict environmental guidelines for non-road mobile machinery in Europe while maintaining full power and load capacity.
PCT is well-located to become a logistics hub for Europe, Asia and Africa, offering proximity to the Suez Canal, feeder connections to the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Adriatic destinations.