Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Container Freight and Mobile Harbour Cranes Ordered for Paraguay and Danish Ports

Konecranes and Liebherr Sign New Deals
Shipping News Feature
PARAGUAY – DENMARK – Konecranes has signed an agreement with Terport S.A. in Paraguay, South America, for the delivery of two Boxhunter Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes. The cranes will be delivered in early 2018. The new RTGs will be delivered to Terport S.A.’s container terminal located in Villeta i.o San Antonio, on the outskirts of Asunción, and will now be the first terminal in Paraguay to operate RTG cranes. The terminal handles container traffic on the Paraguay River, providing a wide range of services to importers, exporters, feeder vessels, line operators and special cargo carriers.

The Boxhunters on order will stack 1-over-5 containers high and 7 containers wide plus truck lane, with a lifting capacity of 40.6 tonnes. They will be fully electric and an auto-steering feature will be included, which allows the cranes to be driven on a pre-programmed, straight path. Jussi Suhonen, Sales Director, Region Americas for Konecranes said:

“The Boxhunter RTG is an ideal match for the varied needs of this kind of multipurpose container terminal. You need to be able to jump into the machine quickly, carry out a container move on the fly, jump out again and do something else. Boxhunter will allow Terport to handle more container traffic with more flexibility in the same space.”

Meanwhile in Denmark, A. Henriksen Shipping A/S recently signed a contract for a new multi-purpose Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane. Operating out of the ports of Frederiksværk and Hundested, north of Copenhagen, the new crane will be used to lift steel slabs with a total weight of up to 61 tonnes each. With a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes the new machine will be also in use for heavy lift and project cargo operation. Teddy Folmer, the CEO of Henriksen Shipping said:

“Important reasons for choosing a Liebherr mobile harbour crane once again has been the good partnership with Liebherr, their use of latest technology and the high quality of their products. The whole service concept, which implies short reaction times and fast delivery of spare parts when needed, positively influenced our decision.”

Photo: Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane in situ.