The sale of a pair of HMK 300E models brings to 10 the number of Gottwald mobile harbour cranes at work in Brazil.

The two cranes were commissioned in November 2002 and are operated by CTO Ceará Terminal Operations in the Port of Pecem.

Gottwald Port Technology has now sold five HMK 300 Es into Brazil and five of its predecessor model, the HMK 280.

The latest cranes being supplied to Brazil have been equipped with an additional 5m long tower extension to provide a higher cab viewing position, meeting the requirements for handling cargo on large vessels.

Patricio Junior, general manager of CTO Ceará Terminal Operations, said: ”We are convinced that we have chosen the best option currently available in mobile harbour crane technology. Since both cranes will mainly discharge at gearless vessels with 15 rows of containers from the major customer Maersk that dock at the Port of Pecem, CTO decided to buy two HMK 300 E cranes. In particular, the Gottwald tower extension adaptation means that CTO is ideally prepared for future requirements.’

Gottwald regional sales manager Rainer Buessing said: ‘Based on our many years of experience with the HMK 280 E, we have designed the HMK 300 E with a new steel construction. As a result the crane is classified in a higher category and has a longer service life. We therefore anticipate a positive sales trend over the next few years.’