Friday, December 17, 2010

Large Container Handling Order Shipping To Kuwait

Modernisation At Major Ports
Shipping News Feature

FINLAND – KUWAIT – Konecranes are to deliver a substantial order of container handling equipment to the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) over the coming months. The machines, 9 reach stackers and 23 empty container handlers, were ordered for freighting to the ports of Shuwaikh and Shuaiba in sequence from January to June next year.

The order comes about as a result of the modernisation of the two ports by the KPA. Shuwaikh port, located immediately west of Kuwait City, is considered Kuwait's most important port. It serves ocean-going vessels and has ample modern container facilities. The Port of Shuaiba lies on the shore of the Gulf, 45 kilometres southeast of Kuwait City. The Port of Shuaiba was founded to support the city's industries and it is the country's second port for commercial cargo.

The reach stackers will all be equipped with a cabin which can be elevated in order to view the second train rails when handling containers. All cabins will also be equipped with a remote camera in order to improve safety and each has a lifting capacity of 45 tons and can stack five containers high and three deep. The stackers will be equipped with load-sensing hydraulics that provides 'power-on-demand' for the required weight. They also feature Konecranes' Eco-Drive system, which calculates the fuel efficiency of each machine, providing an efficient platform to benchmark each unit and operator's performance.

Konecranes , whose versatile NearGuard safety system won the Technology award at this year’s IMHX Design 4 Safety Awards in Birmingham, were satisfied that their push for more Middle Eastern business was paying off with Niklas Brönn, Managing Director of Konecranes Middle East FZE saying:

"This is a significant order for Konecranes and it shows that the growth strategy we have for this region is bearing fruit. Our good reputation and strong support from our local dealer helped us secure this order."

Photo: A Konecranes reach stacker in action with cab elevated.