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First Gottwald cranes for Suriname and Paraguay

By: | at 07:00 PM | Ports & Terminals  

Together with the Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes recently sold to Suriname and Paraguay, the first ever to these countries, the total number of Gottwald machines sold to Latin America now exceeds 120.

Integra Marine & Freight Services N.V. has ordered one HMK 260 E for its operations within the public terminal in the river port of Paramaribo (Suriname). Puerto Fenix, Puertos & Estibajes S.A. in the river port of Asunción (Paraguay) has ordered an HMK 170 E crane. “Cargo handling potential has been largely untapped in the river ports of these two countries and Gottwald’s Mobile Harbor Cranes are aimed at addressing this,” says Andreas Moeller, Gottwald’s Deputy Sales Director. “These, the latest orders from Suriname and Paraguay confirm and at the same time further strengthen our market position in Latin America, where Gottwald has continuously expanded its presence since the early 1990s.”

This will be the first Mobile Harbor Crane in Suriname and will offer the largest lifting capacity in the port. The 100-ton HMK 260 E Mobile Harbor Crane, ordered by Integra Marine & Freight Services N.V. (IMFS), will handle containers and general cargo in the river port of Paramaribo on the Suriname River, approximately 20 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean. “The new crane will be the most modern front-line equipment in our terminal and help us to make the port a more efficient shipping hub,” said Remy Vyzelman, President of IMFS. As a special feature for IMFS, the crane will be equipped with six axles. Usually, the HMK 260 E features a five-axle chassis. But it is designed such that a sixth axle can be fitted if the quay has a restricted load-bearing capacity, as is the case in the port of Paramaribo. The crane propping system has also been adapted to the quay specifications. The crane, which will be shipped by Heavy Lift Vessel, completely assembled, tested and ready-for-operation, is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2009.

A 63-ton HMK 170 E was the ideal solution for Puerto Fenix, Puertos y Estibajes S.A. for handling containers and general cargo in the river port of Asunción, located on the left bank of the Paraguay River, connecting the landlocked country with coastal ports. The terminal, which currently handles approximately 60,000 TEU, intends to upgrade its existing cargo handling equipment and increase capacities to improve the attractiveness of the inland waterway network. The crane is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2009.