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Weserport puts new crane to work

Rhenus GroupWeserport has deployed a new mobile harbour crane manufactured by Konecranes to handle break bulk cargo and project loads at Terminal 1 in Bremen, Germany.

It replaces the gantry slewing crane, which was previously used and has now been dismantled. The Konecranes Gottwald model 6 mobile harbour crane features a new drive concept and high load-bearing capacity.

The load-bearing capacity of the Konescranes Gottwald crane (125 tonnes) is more than twice as much as the previous gantry slewing crane.

The new mobile harbour crane is the second Konecranes Gottwald unit that is in use at Weserport. A crane from the manufacturer’s first generation is in service for handling purposes at Terminal 4.

“Its robust design and reliability, but also the price/performance ratio and the rapid availability of the newly acquired crane were persuasive arguments for us. The mobile harbour crane is also eco-efficient, as it has a new drive system,”
commented Heiner Delicat, Managing Director of Weserport.

This system combines a short-term energy accumulator with diesel engines. It is designed to meet the latest emissions guidelines and all the future stipulations in the emissions standard for mobile working machines (EU stage V).

The mobile harbour crane is mainly handling steel and break bulk cargo at Weserport at the moment. The crane is also due to be used to handle heavy goods and containers in future. By using a motorised grab at the terminal, it is also possible to move bulk commodities. Overall, Weserport has ten handling devices at all four terminals, including eight harbour cranes and two material handlers.

Weserport GmbH is a joint venture involving both the Rhenus Group and ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH. The neutral seaport service company handled 8.3 million tonnes of maritime goods at its four terminals in 2017.

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