Flinders Port Holdings recently ordered an eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbour crane for its subsidiary Flinders Logistics at Port Adelaide in South Australia.
With delivery planned for August 2020, the crane is intended to increase capacity for handling bulk materials and other cargoes.
Flinders Logistics is a logistics and stevedoring services company focused on the mineral resources and oil and gas sectors in Australia. Based in Adelaide, the company is the main maritime gateway and capital of the state of South Australia.
Since 2011, Flinders Logistics has operated two 100t Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes to load bulk cargo vessels with mineral products and heavy project cargo, including tandem lifts.
The new Model 6 crane will be supplied in the G HMK 6407 two-rope variant. With a maximum working radius of 51m and a maximum lifting capacity of 100t, it can be used with vessels up to post-Panamax and Capesize bulker classes.
The crane will be mostly loading mineral concentrate, tipped into the ship’s hold from special low-profile bulk containers lifted by a rotating spreader unit attached to the crane.
Smart crane features prevent accidental discharge of the bulk materials over the wharf. Working together, this system minimises the environmental impact by greatly reducing dust and spillage.
In addition, the crane supports an external power supply, reducing its environmental impact further and helping to maintain ISO 14001 environmental management certification.
“As the purchasing officer, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Konecranes since the Flinders Group bought their very first harbour crane in 2011,” said Shane Haywood, inventory specialist at Flinders Port Holdings.
“The team at Konecranes has always been supportive and responsive to our needs and provides additional services like annual maintenance inspections. We look forward to the arrival of our third machine and to developing our relationship further.”
Michael Green, regional director sales APAC at Konecranes Port Solutions, commented: “For close to a decade, we have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Flinders, and we are delighted to see them grow and choose Konecranes for their new mobile harbour crane purchase.
“It is great to see the trust placed in our products and we are excited to be able to provide high-quality equipment and help Flinders lift their business down under.