Weserport GmbH, a joint venture between Rhenus Group and ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH, has acquired a new mobile crane, from Konecranes, to help handle break bulk cargo and project loads at its facility in Bremen, Germany. The Konecranes Gottwald Model Six mobile harbour crane has replaced the previous gantry slewing crane and boasts specialist features including a higher load-bearing capacity and new drive system.
The load-bearing capacity of the Gottwald crane, 125 tonnes, is more than twice the amount of the previous gantry crane used at Weserport harbour. “As a result, we can now handle individual heavy-duty items with our own equipment,” says Heiner Delicat, Managing Director of Weserport.
Despite being new to the port, the Gottwald Model Six mobile harbour crane is not the first Konecranes Gottwald unit that is in use at Bremen. A crane from the manufacturer’s first generation has already been in service at Terminal 4 for a number of years.
“Its robust design and reliability, but also the price/performance ratio and the rapid availability of the newly acquired crane were persuasive arguments for us. The mobile harbour crane is also eco-efficient, as it has a new drive system,” says Heiner Delicat.
This system combines a short-term energy accumulator with diesel engines, and therefore not only meets the latest emissions guidelines, but all the future stipulations in the emissions standard for mobile working machines (EU stage V) too. The new drive system also makes it possible to reduce fuel consumption.
The crane’s motorised grab has enabled it to be used for handling steel and break bulk cargo at Weserport, with the intention for it to be used to handle heavy goods and containers in the future.
Overall, Weserport has 10 handling devices at all four terminals in Bremen, including eight harbour cranes and two material handlers.