Gottwald supplies 100t harbour mobile in Chile

27 January 2011

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Demag Cranes AG subsidiary Gottwald Port Technology are to supply Puerto Angamos in the Chilean mining community of Mejillones with what they claim will be the largest mobile harbour crane for container handling in the Americas.

A Generation 5 mobile harbour crane, the model 8 G HMK 8710, will support the existing Gottwald HMK 280 E at Puerto Angamos and enable the handling of Post-Panamax vessels, which are expected to become increasingly common at the port. Gottwald designed the Generation 5 series of cranes to accommodate the specific requirements of Central and South American port terminal operators. Puerto Angamos’ general manager Emilio Bouchon said: “The new crane is an integral part of our ambitious expansion plans and will no doubt contribute to increasing our efficiency and competitiveness and thus add to the attractiveness of our port.” Puerto Angamos intends to have the crane fully operational by the second quarter of 2011. Gottwald Port Technology believes that the G HMK 8710 headed for Puerto Angamos is ideal for safe and efficient handling at high volume terminals, and is configured for a maximum 56m working radius and 100t lifting capacity. Available in tailored configurations for high performance applications, the model 8 G HMK 8710 can be configured for a maximum 200t lifting capacity with hoist speeds reaching 140m per minute. Demag Cranes AG’s representative in the region, Comercial Fesanco, is currently expanding the scope of its operations, and will offer support for the new crane from its Antofagasta service station 60km north of the port. They have also recently moved to a larger facility in Curauma, Valparaiso, and will also represent Demag Cranes and Components in the region. Demag Cranes AG’s COO and management board member Thomas Hagen added: “There is no doubt that Central and South America have developed into one of our high-focus markets. Disproportionate growth in the region underlines its strategic importance for the Demag Cranes Group. We will continue to expand our local business activities accordingly.”