Konecranes has received a repeat order for two Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes from Winning Logistics Company Limited. From mid-2018, the two new machines will tranship bauxite off the coast of Guinea on the open sea.
Winning Logistics, a member of the Singaporebased Winning International Group, has been operating Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes since 2015, when it began its bauxite transhipment activities. Since then its offshore bulk handling activity has grown, hence the order for two more floating cranes.
Wang Chuanyang, general manager of Winning Logistics, said: “With the new delivery, our fleet will consist of six Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes, helping Winning Logistics to reach its growth objectives. The cranes play a key role in the supply chain of Guinea.”
On its way from the mining regions to end-users, bauxite is shipped on river barges to the open sea, where the floating cranes load it onto oceangoing vessels heading for Asia. “This [order] is a clear expression of the customer’s satisfaction with the performance and efficiency of the Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes in operation off the coast, away from quay infrastructure,” said Giuseppe Di Lisa, Konecranes sales and marketing director.
Built for the open sea, Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes are designed in accordance with the Lloyd’s Register Code for lifting appliances in a marine environment. They are able to operate at wind speeds up to 24 m/s and maximum wave heights of 2.5m. The new machines feature 63t grab curves and a maximum lifting capacity of 100t, allowing the operator to also lift project cargo, such as heavy machinery.