Petro Sea Logistics, a joint venture (JV) between Belgium’s Sea-Invests and Ivory Coast’s Petroci, has added a Grove GMK6400 all terrain crane to its fleet.
When it came time for the joint-venture company to purchase a new crane for pipe-lifting applications, it turned to Manitowoc's Grove brand and its African dealer, Paterson Simons.
Formerly a buyer of RT cranes, the JV opted for an all terrain GMK6400, which features 400 tonne capacity as well as a 60 m boom. It also boasts optional removable outrigger box, self-rigging auxiliary hoist and self-rigging MegaWingLift (which can boost its capacity by nearly 70 percent, Grove said).
Pasico Ghana, a subsidiary in the Paterson Simons network, worked with Grove to provide the JV with localised support for the GMK6400, as well as training and warranty options. The crane will begin oil field operations at the Port of Abidjan.
Guillame Bertrand, sales manager for French-speaking Africa at Manitowoc Cranes, said, “After-sales service is the key to doing business in Africa. Our customers have grown to expect responsive, quality support throughout the region, and we’ve made great efforts over the last few years to ensure we are there for them when they need us.”
Petro Sea Logistics was sufficiently happy with its first Grove all terrain purchase for it to invest in two additional models: the new 100 tonne capacity GMK4100L-1, which has a 60 m boom; and the 180 tonne GMK5180-1, which has a 64 m boom and the VIAB Turbo clutch for wear-free starting and braking.