Monday, April 25, 2016

€35 Million Shipyard Investment Triples Lifting Capacity to 1800 Tonnes

If You Need a Giant Crane it Makes Sense to Buy Local
Shipping News Feature
FINLAND – It makes sense when you are running a shipyard that is investing €35 million in development, that you source a key component from a neighbour which manufactures the very thing you are looking for. Such is the case at Meyer Turku Oy which has a new 1,200 tonne Goliath gantry crane being delivered which it has ordered from nearby Konecranes. Turku shipyard’s CEO Jan Meyer sees the more than EUR 35 million investment as a good example of smart Finnish collaboration and adds:

“The first major step of our big investment program for Turku yard is becoming concrete. The new crane will allow for more industrialisation and increase output capacity. The new crane will be a nice continuation of our collaboration with Konecranes that already started in the 1970’s with the building of our old 600 tonne crane. Building part of the crane with our own workforce will also help us smooth our workload.”

Design, precision drive components, electrical installation and automation system and structural components will be supplied by Konecranes, while Meyer Turku will manufacture the main girder in its own hull production facility. The new crane will begin service in May 2018 and the order also includes a modernisation of the Turku shipyard’s current 600 tonne crane, service and maintenance parts. The new 1,200 tonne gantry crane together with the old 600 tonne unit will triple the shipyard’s lifting capacity and will allow building and lifting bigger blocks with more outfitting. Panu Routila, CEO of Konecranes commented:

“This is a very important order for the Finnish industry. First of all, it is nice to see that the lifetime of the Goliath that we delivered 40 years ago will be prolonged. We also look forward to delivering a totally new, high-tech and actually the largest gantry crane in the Nordic countries to the site. Together the two cranes will help Meyer Turku reach higher production levels.”