Eight Gottwald Mhcs To Turkey

19 March 2008

Four port terminals in Turkey have bought eight of Gottwald Port Technology's Generation 5 mobile harbour cranes.

The orders include two of the G HMK 7408 Mobile Harbour Crane for longstanding customer Mardas Marmara Deniz Isletmeciligi and two to Yilport Container Terminal, a new customer. Both are in the Istanbul area.

One G HMK 7408 and two G HMK 6407s have been ordered by new customer Rodaport in Gemlik Bay on the southern Marmara Sea. Gemport already operates four Gottwald cranes. Antalya, which has previously been supplied with an HMK 300 E, has ordered one G HMK 6407.

Since the first Gottwald crane was delivered to the Port of Ambarli in 1997, a total of 35, including four used cranes, have been sold to Turkey. “Turkey has been the pivot point for trade in the Eastern Mediterranean since the early days. And Gottwald cranes have been well established in this important market for a long time now,” said Bülent Sandal, Gottwald representative in Istanbul

The new Generation 5 series is available in lifting capacities up to 200 tonnes. The G HMK 7408 is designed to cope with containers stacked six-high on deck on vessels up to post-Panamax size. To do this it has a higher tower, a raised boom pivot point (of 23.2 m) and higher-mounted tower cab (26.5 m viewing level), meaning the crane can come right up alongside the ship and increase the operator's visibility.

Operating radius is from 11 to 51 m and maximum lifting capacity is 100 tonnes. Maximum lifting heights are 12 m below quay level and 40 m above. Maximum hoisting speed is 90 m/min and the cranes have a two-rope hoist. Power is from the onboard 895 kW diesel generator.

The new cranes allow the port to improve vessel turnaround and will increase the capacity from 200,000 TEU to some 360,000 TEU a year.

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