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Gottwald’s Winning ways

Konecranes has won another order for two Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes.

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The order was placed by Winning Logistics Company.


The new order follows an order placed with Konecranes only last autumn. The floating cranes contribute to the continuing growth of Winning’s bauxite handling activities off the coast of Guinea, Africa. They play a key role in the supply chain, transhipping bauxite from river barges to Capesize vessels on the open sea.


Wang Chuanyang, vice president, Winning Logistics, explained: “Our existing cranes have proven themselves to be particularly productive and reliable in the very rough open-sea environment. This is why we have opted, time and again, for floating cranes from Konecranes.”


Winning Logistics already operates six such cranes from Konecranes Gottwald.


Giuseppe Di Lisa, sales and marketing director, mobile harbour cranes, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes are derived from our mobile harbour crane technology, and highlight our pioneering role in this field. The first Gottwald floating cranes went into operation on the Mississippi River in 2004. Thereafter, they quickly found their way to the open sea. Winning’s decision to continue to rely on Gottwald floating cranes confirms Konecranes’ leading role in this segment.”


Built for use on the open sea, the Model 8 floating cranes, with a maximum outreach of 43m and a powerful 63t grab curve, are designed in accordance with Lloyd’s Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment. This allows them to operate at wind speeds of up to 24 m/sec and at maximum wave heights of 2.5m.


Maximum capacity under hook is 100t, so the cranes can also be used to transload heavy mining equipment from the ship to the barge once the mineral bulks have been transferred to the ship.

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