First Konecranes Gottwald Portal harbor crane in Sweden
In January this year, Uddevalla Hamn Terminal AB ordered an eco-efficient rail-mounted Konecranes Gottwald Model 3 Portal Harbor Crane, for delivery in autumn 2019 and commissioning in December.
Operating for more than 100 years, Uddevalla is a small but important port in the south-west of Sweden, about 80 km north of Gothenburg. As business continues to expand in the region, Ulf Stenberg, Managing Director of Uddevalla Hamn, realized that they needed additional lifting equipment for project cargo and container handling.
“We had a Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor crane installed in 1986,” says Stenberg. “Its longevity is impressive – it still works well, though of course, we’ve kept up maintenance. We like this crane a lot, but it can only lift 40 tons and we wanted a more powerful crane to help us manage the growing demands for cargo handling in our terminal.”
Their positive experience with this particular crane led Uddevalla to choose Konecranes again when the time came to upgrade their harbor facilities with this new order. They decided on a two-rope portal harbor crane in the G HSK 3432 variant to meet their specific quay infrastructure with existing rails. This crane increases cargo handling performance up to a maximum lifting capacity of 100 tons and a radius of 46 meters.
To reduce their ecological footprint, Uddevalla has opted for a crane equipped with an external power supply, to make use of existing local grid electricity, resulting in less noise, no local exhaust, and reduced operational costs. This fits well with their eco-efficient operations and future development plans.
“This is very exciting for us and our local distributor, Port-Trade ApS Denmark,” says Hans-Juergen Schneider, Regional Sales Manager for Konecranes’ Business Unit Mobile Harbor Cranes. “It’s the first Konecranes Gottwald portal harbor crane in Sweden and the market is now wide open for this type of crane.”