JingJiang Port Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd has ordered two Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes.
Ordered in the fourth quarter of 2018 and due to go into operation at the end of 2019, the new cranes will be operated by Cosco Shipping Bulk Co Ltd, handling bulk off the coast of Guinea, Africa.
Cosco Shipping Bulk Co Ltd (Cosco) is a new customer for Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes. The cranes will tranship bauxite for the production of aluminium from river barges onto ocean-going Panamax vessels on the open sea. With these two units, the number of Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes in operation on the western coast of Africa will total 10.
“We will operate the two floating cranes within the framework of our cooperation with China Aluminum group, an important step in the implementation of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative,” said Mr ZhiJun Fan, general manager of Cosco’s Technical Division.
“The aim is to transport bauxite from Guinea to the aluminium plants in China. As transhipping raw materials at sea quickly and safely plays a key role in the supply chain, we opted for Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes. These cranes have proved themselves in Africa and beyond as particularly productive and reliable in rough open sea environments.”
Giuseppe Di Lisa, sales and marketing director of Konecranes’ Mobile Harbour Cranes Business Unit, commented: “We are proud that a global market leader like Cosco has opted for our technology for their bauxite transhipping operations in western Africa.
“The rapidly growing number of Konecranes Gottwald floating cranes around the globe confirms our leading position in this segment once again. Based on mobile harbour crane technology and launched in 2004, our floating cranes expanded their capabilities quickly from transhipping mid-stream to operation on the open sea.”
Built for use on the open sea, the two Model 8 floating cranes for Cosco are designed in accordance with Lloyd’s Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment, which allows them to be operated at wind speeds up to 24 m/s and maximum wave heights of 2.5m. Both cranes offer a maximum outreach of 43m and a powerful 63t grab curve for continuous-duty bulk handling.