Konecranes is to supply China’s Cosco Bulk with two new Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 cranes that will be mounted on barges. They will be used in Guinea, which has the world’s largest reserves of bauxite and where output and export of the mineral, used in the production of aluminum, have been growing.
The cranes will be used to transship bauxite from river barges onto ocean-going vessels and will bring the total number of barge-mounted Konecranes Gottwald Cranes in the region to 12.
“It’s always a pleasure to receive a repeat order from a satisfied customer,” says Jerry Fann, Sales Director, Konecranes Port Solutions. “Our technology has proved itself once again under challenging conditions. As the number of Konecranes Gottwald Cranes on Barges grows around the world, we have consolidated our leading position in this market. Our cranes on barge capabilities have been growing steadily since launching in 2004, and we will continue to improve them as technology develops.”
Specially built for use on the open sea, the cranes provide a maximum outreach of 43-meter and a 63-tonne grab curve for continuous-duty bulk handling.
They are designed in accordance with Lloyd’s Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment, which allows them to be operated at wind speeds up to 24 m/s (about 53.7 mph) and at maximum wave heights of 2.5 meters.