Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, has secured an order for two G HSK 8332 B Portal Harbour Cranes, variants of Model 8 and derived from Mobile Harbour Cranes, from Adani Petronet (Dahej) Port Pvt. Ltd. (APPPL), a joint venture between Petronet LNG Ltd. and Mundra Port & Special Economic Zone Ltd. The new cranes will be used for handling bulk materials in the new multi-purpose terminal for solid cargo in Dahej, in the province of Gujarat, on the west coast of India.
Both 4-rope grab cranes for professional, heavy-duty bulk handling have 63-tonne grab curves and max. radii of 50 m. They can be used alongside ships up to cape-size and, depending on the terminal and operating conditions, are designed for handling rates of up to 1,800 tph. The equipment is manufactured by Gottwald in Düsseldorf, Germany, and is expected to start commercial operation in the new port at the end of 2010, which is expected to handle about 15 MT per year.
The two cranes use proven Mobile Harbour Crane technology from the slew ring upwards and the portals are designed with a track gauge of 13 m and a clear height of 6 m adapted to the individual conditions in the port. The electrically driven cranes obtain their energy from the shore supply.
Gottwald Is Also World Market Leader in Portal Harbour and Floating Cranes Derived from Mobile Harbour Cranes
Gottwald first used its Mobile Harbour Crane technology on a portal built together with a US operator in 1998 and with the two latest cranes for India, has increased the total number of this type of crane to 37. “Together with the Floating Cranes, which Gottwald has also developed in co-operation with a customer, the number of Mobile Harbour Cranes on portals or barges has increased to a total of 52, which also makes us the world market leader in this area,” says Michael Hoberg, the Regional Sales Manager at Gottwald responsible for India.
Shyam Pathak, Gottwald’s representative in India, added the following comment about the most recent success on the Indian subcontinent: “We are delighted about the first Gottwald Portal Harbour Cranes in India. The cargo handling performance of these products, which we have sold predominantly for use in professional bulk terminals, makes them a cost-effective alternative to ship unloading gear or bulk gantry cranes. We are sure that this efficiency will interest operators more and more and convince them of the advantages of these cranes.”